[ out-ri-leef ]

  1. public relief administered to people residing in a poorhouse or similar institution.

Origin of out-relief

First recorded in 1890–95

Words Nearby out-relief

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How to use out-relief in a sentence

  • I will write to the Guardians to ask if they will allow you out-relief, but I fear they will say you are too destitute!'

    Workhouse Characters | Margaret Wynne Nevinson
  • The Guardians wouldn't give me the little bit of out-relief I asked for—four shillings would have done us nicely.

    Workhouse Characters | Margaret Wynne Nevinson
  • When the Board are disposing of the out-relief cases, it is by this knowledge the Board are guided.

  • There is also an art of bringing out relief by an accompaniment, like the two images of the stereoscope.

    Practical Essays | Alexander Bain
  • Failing that, out-relief has a tendency to perpetuate sweating.

British Dictionary definitions for out-relief


  1. English history money given to poor people not living in a workhouse: Also called: outdoor relief

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