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pogey

noun
  1. A poorhouse, workhouse, or old folks' home (1891+ Hoboes)
  2. A jail; pokey (1940s+)
  3. pogey bait (1918+)
  4. Any form of charity or government relief

[origin unknown; perhaps fr the common name of the trash fish menhaden, as suggesting something cheap, common, and to be caught with bait; perhaps fr the Southern pronunciation of porgy, another fish of a similar quality]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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