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Meaning of workhouse

work•house

Pronunciation: (wûrk'hous"), [key]
— pl. -hous•es
  1. a house of correction.
  2. (formerly) a poorhouse in which paupers were given work.
  3. a workshop.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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