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1. A prison in which limited sentences are served at manual labor.
2. Chiefly British A poorhouse.
1. (Law) (formerly in England) an institution maintained at public expense where able-bodied paupers did unpaid work in return for food and accommodation
2. (Law) (in the US) a prison for petty offenders serving short sentences at manual labour
n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
1. a house of correction in which the prisoners are required to work.
2. Brit. a poorhouse.
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|Noun||1.||workhouse - a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor|
poorhouse - an establishment maintained at public expense in order to provide housing for the poor and homeless
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
|2.||workhouse - a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months|