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.
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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.
Similarly, Rockman's inclusion of pauper agency as the third force in the poorhouse dynamic adds an important perspective, but can only take us so far.
Her notable stay in the poorhouse for the winter of 1834-35, during which she gave birth to Sarah Ann, proves this point.
During her first four months in the poorhouse during fall and winter 1828, twenty-four-year-old Ruth Gurney was sent to solitary confinement twice for leaving without permission.
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.
This coincidence in timing, however, should not lead one to conclude that per recipient costs were lower in the poorhouse.
7) Even if direct costs for equivalent full-year paupers were no higher in the poorhouse, however, per recipient administrative costs averaged almost four and a half times those for outdoor relief.
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.
Note the consistently higher proportion of the population in the poorhouse in New York than in Brooklyn, and note also how small the proportions were.