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workhouse

[wurk-hous] /ˈwɜrkˌhaʊs/
noun, plural workhouses
[wurk-hou-ziz] /ˈwɜrkˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a house of correction.
2.
British. (formerly) a poorhouse in which paupers were given work.
3.
Obsolete. a workshop.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English werkhous, Old English weorchūs workshop. See work, house
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British Dictionary definitions for workhouse

workhouse

/ˈwɜːkˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
(formerly in England) an institution maintained at public expense where able-bodied paupers did unpaid work in return for food and accommodation
2.
(in the US) a prison for petty offenders serving short sentences at manual labour
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Encyclopedia Article for workhouse

institution to provide employment for paupers and sustenance for the infirm, found in England from the 17th through the 19th century and also in such countries as The Netherlands and in colonial America

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