Part of speech: noun

An almshouse; also, an industrial prison.

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Usage examples "workhouse":

  1. If every trade were thus to try and keep all other people away, as if the trade were their own property, there would constantly be a number of unfortunate people brought to the workhouse through no fault of their own. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  2. Whether the trades of the town, by a considerable manufacture established at the workhouse, will not be deprived of their most useful hands? - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
  3. He used to say, 'The workhouse was a fine place for a poor man- the food good enough, and enough of it; ' yet he kept a dainty table himself. - "Nature and Art", Mrs. Inchbald.