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Originally and chiefly in the Low Countries: a house of correction in which (chiefly male) prisoners were employed in hard labour, especially in rasping wood.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Mercurius Politicus. From rasp + house, after Dutch rasphuis.
rasp house/ˈrɑːsp haʊs//ˈrasp haʊs/
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