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  • noun countable A poorhouse, workhouse, welfare office, charity hostel, etc.
  • noun Canada, slang, uncountable Government financial assistance, particularly employment insurance.

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  • noun money received from the state

Etymologies

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

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