- (formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense.
Origin of poorhouse
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Examples from the Web for poorhouse
"Because you'd probably have to go to the poorhouse," said Halbert, insolently.
So you see, mother, we needn't go to the poorhouse just yet.
Then they take 'm to the poorhouse, where nobody but beggars live.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
If he's on the town, he'll have to go right into the Poorhouse with the rest.Tiverton Tales
The other old women in the Poorhouse sitting-room gathered about her.Meadow Grass
- (formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor
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Word Origin and History for poorhouse
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