in the poorhouse meaning

[American slang]
1. Lit. in a (historical) communal dwelling for impoverished persons. (Typically: live ~; end up ~.)
  He couldn't pay his debts and had to live in the poorhouse.
2. Fig. in a state of poverty. (Typically: live ~; end up ~.)
  If I lose my job, we'll end up in the poorhouse.


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  1. But they don't have to put you in the poorhouse.
  2. My father said I was trying to put him in the poorhouse.
  3. That such people could wind up in the poorhouse doesn't confound experts.
  4. He spent his last years in the poorhouse of the Reformed Church in Store Kongensgade.
  5. Don't expect Suharto's children and cronies to end up in the poorhouse.

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