Definitions

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  • n. A poorhouse, workhouse, welfare office, charity hostel, etc.
  • n. Government financial assistance, particularly employment insurance.

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  • n. money received from the state

Etymologies

1891 a poorhouse, possibly from British hobo slang, 1954 assistance. (Wiktionary)

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