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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 of workhouse
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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