be in the poorhouse

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be in the poorhouse

1. dated Literally, to live in a publicly-maintained institution for those who are poor. People aren't actually in the poorhouse anymore—this isn't Dickensian England.
2. By extension, to have no money. Usually used hyperbolically. With a mortgage payment that high, you guys will be in the poorhouse!
See also: poorhouse
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