poorhouse

noun
poor·​house | \ ˈpu̇r-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce poorhouse (audio) , ˈpȯr- \

Definition of poorhouse

: a place maintained at public expense to house needy or dependent persons

Examples of poorhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And if that empathy leads to some solutions that don’t put us in the poorhouse, that’s a good thing. Hannah K. Sparling, Cincinnati.com, "'My yard has moved': Landslides are a big, expensive headache for homeowners.," 13 Dec. 2019 Troublingly, there are even many Power 5 programs (see the financial woes at Florida State) that have spent themselves into the poorhouse. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "UConn going broke a cautionary tale for UCF, USF and other Group of 5 schools | Commentary," 3 July 2019 The locations have become perpetual draws for tourists and locals alike, with McMenamins’ distinctive custom artwork transforming once-derelict hotels, poorhouses, schools, lodges and churches – and retail storefronts, as well. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "McMenamins, Oregon’s 1st brewpub, a pioneer still going its own way: Portland Breweries Series," 28 June 2019 In 1854, the county opened a poorhouse and farm and gradually added an insane asylum, infirmary and tuberculosis hospital to the property. Nereida Moreno, latimes.com, "Challenge at Chicago school construction site: Watch for 38,000 unmarked graves," 15 Apr. 2018 In 1854, the county opened a poorhouse and farm and gradually added an insane asylum, infirmary and tuberculosis hospital to the property. Nereida Moreno, latimes.com, "Challenge at Chicago school construction site: Watch for 38,000 unmarked graves," 15 Apr. 2018 The Eloise site opened in 1839 as a poorhouse and a farm, and grew to span 900 acres and house 76 buildings. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Historic and 'haunted' Eloise Complex in Westland sold for $1," 21 June 2018 In 1854, the county opened a poorhouse and farm and gradually added an insane asylum, infirmary and tuberculosis hospital to the property. Nereida Moreno, latimes.com, "Challenge at Chicago school construction site: Watch for 38,000 unmarked graves," 15 Apr. 2018 In 1854, the county opened a poorhouse and farm and gradually added an insane asylum, infirmary and tuberculosis hospital to the property. Nereida Moreno, latimes.com, "Challenge at Chicago school construction site: Watch for 38,000 unmarked graves," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of poorhouse

circa 1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poorhouse was circa 1579

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19 Dec 2019

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“Poorhouse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poorhouse. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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poorhouse

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English Language Learners Definition of poorhouse

old-fashioned : a place for poor people to live that is paid for by the taxes, donations, etc., of other people

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