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Meaning of SPONGING

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Spon"ging\,
a. & n. from {Sponge}, v.

{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
   extortionate charges are commonly made for food, lodging,
   etc.

 

 

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