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workhouse

noun [C] uk   /ˈwɜːk.haʊs/  us   /ˈwɝːk-/
a building where very poor people in Britain used to work, in the past, in exchange for food and shelter
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in Chinese (Traditional) (英國舊時的)勞動濟貧所…
in Chinese (Simplified) (英国旧时的)劳动济贫所…
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