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(ˈpəʊɡɪ) or


n, pl pogeys or pogies
1. (Social Welfare) financial or other relief given to the unemployed by the government; dole
2. (Social Welfare) unemployment insurance
3. (Social Welfare)
a. the office distributing relief to the unemployed
b. (as modifier): pogey clothes.
[C20: from earlier pogie workhouse, of unknown origin]


or po•gy

(ˈpoʊ gi)

n., pl. -geys or -gies. Canadian Slang.
1. payments under an unemployment insurance program.
a. a welfare office.
b. any form of government relief.
[1890–95;earlier pogie workhouse; ultimately orig. unknown]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pogey - money received from the state
public assistance, social welfare, welfare - governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need; "she lives on welfare"
Canada - a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada; "the border between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded border in the world"
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If she sends gum, cigarettes, or other pogey bait when she writes you from Superior, Wisconsin, the DIs will pummel you in
But before one starts feeling sorry for Nova Scotians who have to dip a little further into their pogey cheques to quench their rock lobster-induced thirst with a Canadian or Dry, consider that New Brunswick charges most of its "imports" with a $2.
Canadians living in economically depressed regions who wish to work instead of collecting pogey probably already have made their move: 42,000 Canadians relocated to Alberta in 2005 alone.