sponging house

sponging house
noun
Etymology: sponging (gerund of sponge) (II) + house; from the extortionate charges made there for food and lodging
: a house usually maintained by a bailiff for keeping debtors for a day to afford opportunity to come to terms with their creditors

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Sponging house — Sponging Spon ging ( j[i^]ng), a. & n. from {Sponge}, v. [1913 Webster] {Sponging house} (Eng. Law), a bailiff s or other house in which debtors are put before being taken to jail, or until they compromise with their creditors. At these houses… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sponging-house — A sponging house was a one time place of temporary confinement for debtors in the United Kingdom. If someone were to get into debt, their creditor would lay a complaint with the sheriff, the sheriff sent his bailiffs, and the debtor would be… …   Wikipedia

  • sponging-house — sponˈging house or spunˈging house noun (obsolete) A bailiff s lodging house for debtors in his custody before their committal to prison • • • Main Entry: ↑sponge …   Useful english dictionary

  • sponging-house — A house where persons arrested for debt were kept for a day in order that their friends might have opportunity to keep them from going to prison by paying their debts …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • sponging-house — noun A place of temporary confinement for debtors, kept by a bailiff, where debtors were sponged of all money they had on themselves, before being transferred to debtors prison …   Wiktionary

  • sponging house — jail for debtors, debtors prison …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Sponging — Spon ging ( j[i^]ng), a. & n. from {Sponge}, v. [1913 Webster] {Sponging house} (Eng. Law), a bailiff s or other house in which debtors are put before being taken to jail, or until they compromise with their creditors. At these houses… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spunging-house — noun sponging house …   Wiktionary

  • Bleak House — For other uses, see Bleak House (disambiguation). Bleak House   …   Wikipedia

  • Marshalsea — The prison occupied two locations, the first c. 1329–1811, and the second 1811–1842. The image above is of the first Marshalsea in the 18th century …   Wikipedia

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