end up in the poorhouse

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end up in the poorhouse

1. dated Literally, to begin living in a publicly-maintained institution for those who are poor. People don't actually end up 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 end up in the poorhouse!
See also: end, poorhouse, up