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pogy1

[poh-gee, pog-ee] /ˈpoʊ gi, ˈpɒg i/
noun, plural (especially collectively) pogy (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pogies.
1.
a porgy.
2.
a viviparous perch, Amphistichus rhodoterus, found in the shallow waters off the Pacific coast of the U.S.
3.
the menhaden.
Origin
Eastern Abenaki
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; shortening of poghaden, paughagen (a Maine dial. term, perhaps < Eastern Abenaki) + -y2

pogy2

[poh-gee] /ˈpoʊ gi/
noun, plural pogies. Slang.
1.
pogey (def 1).
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British Dictionary definitions for pogy

pogey

/ˈpəʊɡɪ/
noun (Canadian, slang) (pl) pogeys, pogies
1.
financial or other relief given to the unemployed by the government; dole
2.
unemployment insurance
3.
  1. the office distributing relief to the unemployed
  2. (as modifier): pogey clothes
Word Origin
C20: from earlier pogie workhouse, of unknown origin

pogy

/ˈpəʊɡɪ; ˈpɒɡɪ/
noun
1.
(pl) pogies, pogy another name for the porgy
2.
(pl) pogies a variant spelling of pogey
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from Algonquian pohegan menhaden
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Slang definitions & phrases for pogy

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]


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