a person who is in economic distress and is supported at government expense: He assured the American consul that the prospective immigrant would not become a public charge.
Made-up Words Said By The People In ChargeConsidering our PICs (people-in-charge) have a knack for creating their own vocabulary, especially when they are put on the spot, here's a list of the most creative "made-up words" said by leadership. Hey, we voted 'em in . . . now they can say what they want.
Origin of public charge
First recorded in 1880–85
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