Workhouse definition

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(chiefly british) A poorhouse.
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(historical) In England, a poorhouse in which able residents had to work.
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A kind of prison, where petty offenders are confined and made to work.
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A jail for criminals who have committed minor offenses and who will not be serving lengthy terms.
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(UK) Formerly, an institution for the poor homeless, funded by the local parish where the able-bodied were required to work.
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(US) A prison in which the sentence includes manual labour.
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A prison in which limited sentences are served at manual labor.
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workhouse
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workhouses