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workhouse

[wurk-hous] /ˈwɜrkˌhaʊs/
noun, plural workhouses
[wurk-hou-ziz] /ˈwɜrkˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a house of correction.
2.
British. (formerly) a poorhouse in which paupers were given work.
3.
Obsolete. a workshop.
Origin of workhouse
1100
before 1100; Middle English werkhous, Old English weorchūs workshop. See work, house
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Examples from the Web for workhouse
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  • But if you tell the truth and say he's the decent fellow he is, he'll land you in the workhouse!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • In this agreeable frame of mind I entered the workhouse of Liverpool.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • I turned to the master of the workhouse, and asked him whether the men had any money?

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • But he was out on the pavement and getting into the workhouse van.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Then I shall be able, without a qualm, to send Godfrey to the workhouse.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • For some reason he never went home, and died in the workhouse.

  • Above the workhouse about six men armed with pitchforks met us.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • Small intention had Jesse Cliffe to return to their protection or their workhouse!

    Jesse Cliffe Mary Russell Mitford
  • Oh, whether there's any chance of your ever going to the workhouse?'

    Sarah's School Friend

    May Baldwin
  • This building is certified for 180 children, who are received from the workhouse, etc.

    Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney Geraldine Edith Mitton
British Dictionary definitions for workhouse

workhouse

/ˈwɜːkˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
(formerly in England) an institution maintained at public expense where able-bodied paupers did unpaid work in return for food and accommodation
2.
(in the US) a prison for petty offenders serving short sentences at manual labour
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