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noun poorhouse pronunciation in British English /ˈpɔː(r)ˌhaʊs/ poorhouse pronunciation in British English /ˈpʊə(r)ˌhaʊs/ 
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pluralpoorhouses
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    the poorhouse

    the state of not having any money

    If we keep spending money like this, we'll end up in the poorhouse.

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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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