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English definition of “workhouse”

workhouse

noun [C]     /ˈwɜːk.haʊs/ US  /ˈwɝːk-/
a building where very poor people in Britain used to work , in the past, in exchange for food and shelter → Compare poorhouseHouses and homes
(Definition of workhouse noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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