American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An establishment maintained at public expense as housing for the homeless.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An establishment in which persons receiving public charity are lodged and cared for; an almshouse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dwelling for a number of paupers maintained at public expense; an almshouse; a workhouse.
- n. an establishment maintained at public expense in order to provide housing for the poor and homeless
“He said that the creditors had held a protracted meeting, and there was one irritating old party who kept suggesting that the poorhouse was the inevitable solution; but finally arrangements were made by which our old friend can keep his shop as long as he lives.”
“In the building that was known as the poorhouse proper was the main office.”
“To conceal the fact that the poorhouse was a miserable place to stay would have been an impossibility.”
“You all speak as if the poorhouse was a gaol," the doctor said testily.”
“The poorhouse is a sad place for a sick and helpless child," answered one.”
“As a result there is an increasing sense of alienation from my erstwhile compadres, such as Tommy Thompson, who are doomed to the academic "poorhouse" of the secondary modern, where the thresholds for achievement and opportunity are depressingly low.”
“Among all these outcries, only that one concerning the "poorhouse" stung the ears of the boy at bay.”
“If we find that many people are living without the comforts they need and in conditions inimical to health and morality, we can at least take comfort in the fact that fewer go to the "poorhouse" than used to be found there when all sorts of dependents were sent to that one institution.”
“With several other students and two or three young ladies of the city we held services at the "poorhouse" every Sunday.”
“Fred ♪ ♫ ♪ says: freeman, do you support people who lower taxes for the rich and de-regulate us into the poorhouse?”
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