in the poorhouse

*in the poorhouse

 
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.
References in classic literature ?
There ain't no difference dyin' in battle or in the poorhouse.
Eden was surprised to find that in the poorhouse "[w]heaten bread, apparently very good, is used.
After the Amendment Act was in place, someone elderly and infirm who applied for parish relief, like '"Poor old John'" Abdy in Emma (383), would have to leave his family and home to live in the poorhouse or get nothing.
It's safe to assume that losing a deposit won't put you in the poorhouse.
To prevent her family from ending up in the poorhouse, Dora takes over the business proving that she is more than just a housewife.
The wages these individuals accept, however, would put me in the poorhouse.
8] A small number ended up in the poorhouse, the Cleveland Infirmary.
Gavrilo Alekseev syn Solokin was eighty, and took shelter in the poorhouse because of his age (za starostiiu).
Inasmuch as a large number of additional widows resided in the poorhouse there, even this figure significantly understates widows' share in Viatka's poverty.