poorhouse - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈpɔː(r)ˌhaʊs/

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/ˈpʊə(r)ˌhaʊs/
singularpoorhouse
pluralpoorhouses
  1. 1
    [countable] in the past, a place provided for very poor people who had no homes and were unable to feed themselves
  2. 2

    the poorhouse

    the state of not having any money

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