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relief

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[ ri-leef ]
/ rɪˈlif /
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noun

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Nearby words

relic, relic area, relics, relict, reliction, relief, relief map, relief pitcher, relief valve, reliefer, relier

Idioms

    on relief, receiving financial assistance from a municipal, state, or federal government because of poverty or need.

Origin of relief

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1300–50; Middle English relef < Old French relief, derivative of relever to raise; see relieve
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Related formsre·lief·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on relief

relief

/ (rɪˈliːf) /

noun

Word Origin for relief

C14: from Old French, from relever to raise up; see relieve
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Idioms and Phrases with on relief

on relief


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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