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 Alms-fee.Alms-man. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Alms-house.
 
A house where paupers are supported at the public expense; a poor-house. Also a house set apart for the aged poor free of rent.   1
       
“Only, alas! the poor who had neither friends nor attendants,
Crept away to die in the alms-house, home of the homeless.”
       
Longfellow: Evangeline, part ii. 5, 2.
 


 Alms-fee.Alms-man. 

 
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