Definition of poorhouse
: a place maintained at public expense to house needy or dependent persons
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However, that last name — Taxus — could be positively lethal, leading us all eventually to the poorhouse.
Like all poorhouses and poor farms in the state, it was run by a superintendent, who was responsible for deciding which citizens petitioning for help would be admitted.
The forgotten man, who would return in Trump's inaugural address, was downtrodden, haunted, and hurting, a step away from the poorhouse.
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Definition of poorhouse for English Language Learners
: a place for poor people to live that is paid for by the taxes, donations, etc., of other people
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