Also, on welfare; on the dole. Receiving public financial assistance, as in Half the people in this town are on relief, or Don hated the idea of going on welfare. The first two terms originated in the United States in the 1930s, when government assistance of this kind was first instituted. On the dole, used mainly in Britain but occasionally in America, dates from the 1920s, although the use of dole for a charitable gift dates from about 1200.
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You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
It was a brick wall that we turned into the on-ramp of a highway.
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It was with a feeling of relief on both sides that the arrival of Mr. Haggard, of the Home Office, was announced.
Several suggestions for the relief of the country bank have come to their notice.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
But she kept the same tone, and its tender archness only gave a greater sweetness to his sense of relief.Confidence|Henry James
And now everybody turned out with a feeling of intense relief to witness the rejoicings on the village green.
So with its completion, he wrapped it carefully, and sent it to a Chicago publisher, while he sighed with relief.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux