public charge

public charge

n. a general term for an indigent, sick or severely handicapped person who must be taken care of at public expense.

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These were, that he should, for a term of years, reside in a spacious mansion where several other gentlemen were lodged and boarded at the public charge, who went clad in a sober uniform of grey turned up with yellow, had their hair cut extremely short, and chiefly lived on gruel and light soup.
Fuel Included gives help to its new plug-in customers with telephone and email support, plus arranges the installation of a home charge point and provides public charge point access cards.
The car is based at the community Centre, which has an electric charge point for the car and a public charge point.
Charging can take 30 minutes at a Rapid Charge station or three to four hours at a standard 7kW public charge point.
We will leave our children near Osh City Hall tomorrow for a public charge," mothers of sick children said.
Erik commented: "Networking public charge points will spur the development of location-finding apps, which will benefit the EV driver.
Kevin, of Bath, made the trip with engineer David Peilow, 34, to promote charity Zero Carbon World's network of public charge points in hotel car parks.
Conveying the message to those who potentially qualify that noncash benefits and special-purpose cash benefits are not subject to public charge has been a long-time challenge.
You understand they are subject to a higher standard, that there is a greater sense of a public charge than with a private developer.
The idea that the state is an interested party in matters relating to a husband's support of his wife, out of fear that she would become a public charge, is an offshoot of the antiquated notion that a woman not supported by a man was a woman unsupported.
To dispel some of these rumors, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has published an explanation of what it means to be a public charge.
immigration law barring entry to those deemed "likely to become a public charge.

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