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Spunging House

A victualling house where persons arrested for debt are kept for twenty-four hours, before lodging them in prison. The houses so used are generally kept by a bailiff, and the person lodged is spunged of all his money before he leaves.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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