in the poorhouse

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in the poorhouse

1. dated Literally, living in a publicly-maintained institution for those who are poor. People don't live in the poorhouse today—this isn't Dickensian England.
2. By extension, having no money. Usually used hyperbolically. With a mortgage payment that high, you guys will end up in the poorhouse!
See also: poorhouse
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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.
See also: poorhouse
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
did not live in the poorhouses, despite receiving alms, and lived [instead] with their kin or in rented quarters; some did not even live in Moscow.