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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 [US, Austral, informal], clink [informal], gaol [Brit], jail, jailhouse, pokey [informal], poky [informal], poorhouse, prison, slammer [informal]

Encyclopedia: Workhouse, the Barony