Meaning of “workhouse” in the English Dictionary

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"workhouse" in British English

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workhousenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɜːk.haʊs/ us /ˈwɝːk.haʊs/

a building where very poor people in Britain used to work, in the past, in exchange for food and shelter


(Definition of “workhouse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)