workhouse

[ UK /wˈɜːkha‍ʊs/ ]
NOUN
  1. a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
  2. a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor
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How To Use workhouse In A Sentence

  • What has changed is that today such foundlings are not bound for a life in the workhouse or orphanage, but often face a more secure future than if they had stayed with their natural mothers.
  • When the staff feel that the workhouse is ready for inspection the visitors arrive.
  • But at the time the only alleviation remained the institution of workhouses, although philanthropists were constructing almshouses, cheap housing for the poor.
  • And if their ‘crime’ was to donate 4,000 pairs of footwear to the workhouses, women's refuges and orphanages of war-torn Kosovo, then it was guilty as charged.
  • The overarching vision of a totally deterrent New Poor Law where relief would only be administered in the workhouse clashed with local parish budgets and the reality of the family wage economy.
  • The workhouse was built within the current grounds of Daisy Hill in 1841 to provide accommodation for the poorly and sick in the area.
  • Opened in 1736, the almshouse was a homeless shelter, jail, and workhouse rolled into one. Under City Hall Park
  • You will be amused to hear that although, or perhaps because, I had evolved out of myself 'Mr. Quirke' as a conscious philanthropist, an old man from the workhouse told me two days ago that he had been a butcher of Quirke's sort and was quite vainglorious about it, telling me how many staggery sheep and the like he had killed, that would, if left to die, have been useless or harmful. Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography
  • Oh yeah, that's when it got its own workhouse, too, for the parish destitutes.
  • Home is the girl '; s prison and the woman'; s workhouse
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