sponging house


Definition of sponging house

: a house usually maintained by a bailiff for keeping debtors for a day to afford opportunity to come to terms with their creditors

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History and Etymology for sponging house

sponging (gerund of sponge entry 2) + house; from the extortionate charges made there for food and lodging

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“Sponging house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponging%20house. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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