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Noun: workhouse  'wurk,haws
  1. [US] A prison in which the sentence includes manual labour
  2. [UK, archaic] A poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labour

Derived forms: workhouses

Type of: calaboose [Austral], clink, gaol [Brit], jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, poorhouse, prison, slammer

Encyclopedia: Workhouse, the Barony