A house where paupers are supported at the public expense; a
poor-house. Also a house set apart for the aged poor free of rent.
“Only, alas! the poor who had neither friends nor attendants. Crept
away to die in the alms-house, home of the homeless.” Longfellow:
Evangeline, part ii. 5, 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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