One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A yard in a prison or workhouse in which the inmates carry out enforced labour.
2A yard established as an alternative to the workhouse, in which the unemployed carry out manual labour in return for basic relief from poverty.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Hagerstown (Maryland) Mail.
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