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pogey

[ poh-gee ]
/ ˈpoʊ gi /
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noun, plural po·geys.
Slang.Also pogy.
  1. a package of food, candy, or other treats sent to a child at boarding school, a person in an institution, etc.
  2. candy or a treat.
Canadian Slang.
  1. an institution maintained by private charities or government funds for the housing of the aged, sick, orphaned, or feeble-minded; an old-age home, charity hospital, orphanage, or the like.
  2. any form of charity or government relief.
  3. unemployment insurance provided by the government.
adjective Canadian Slang.
of, relating to, or obtained through charity or government relief: pogey shoes.
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Origin of pogey

First recorded in 1890–95; earlier pogie workhouse < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for pogey

pogey

pogy

/ (ˈpəʊɡɪ) /

noun plural pogeys or pogies Canadian slang
financial or other relief given to the unemployed by the government; dole
unemployment insurance
  1. the office distributing relief to the unemployed
  2. (as modifier)pogey clothes

Word Origin for pogey

C20: from earlier pogie workhouse, of unknown origin
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