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WORKHOUSE. A prison where prisoners are kept in employment; a penitentiary. A house provided where the poor are taken care of, and kept in employment.

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The workhouse is the proper place for him; let his kin claim him, if he's got any.
In the Workhouse, sir, the Union; no privacy, no visitors, no station, no respect, no speciality.
Upon my word, Miss Hepzibah, I doubt whether I've ever been so comfortable as I mean to be at my farm, which most folks call the workhouse.
Such too, to a greater or less extent, is the condition of the operatives of every denomination in England, which is the great workhouse of the world.
If she were captured previously, the money would be taken from her as a pauper who had no right to it, and she would be carried to the accursed workhouse.
Micawber's feelings would never allow him to dispose of them; and Clickett' - this was the girl from the workhouse - 'being of a vulgar mind, would take painful liberties if so much confidence was reposed in her.
I suppose the old ones went into the workhouse, and the young ones crowded the towns, and worked for men like my father in factories.
The formidable adversaries were sixteen-year-old girls, who jeered at workhouse officials, and hurled heavy glass soda water bottles, platters, stones, and stirabout gruel at them, finally jumping the master.
He wanted to try and find where his grandmother, who had died in the workhouse, was buried.
This week it's the turn of the former Withington workhouse and hospital, now part of Withington Community Hospital.
ADISTRESSING case in 1895 saw a woman jailed for two months after being prosecuted when her baby daughter died in the workhouse.
Unemployment in Middlesbrough from 1875 rose before the new union had built its workhouse.