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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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