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noun British.
  1. public relief administered to people residing in a poorhouse or similar institution.
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Origin of out-relief

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of out-relief

  • Failing that, out-relief has a tendency to perpetuate sweating.

    From Workhouse to Westminster

    George Haw

  • 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

  • But nearly all pension schemes, like most out-relief systems, fix the allowance at a starvation figure.

  • Observe, in connection with this three months' audit, that not a penny was surcharged in respect to the out-relief grants.

British Dictionary definitions for out-relief


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