the casual

the casual
   (the) an institution which housed the destitute
   A shortened form of the British casual ward, accommodation available for tramps arriving on foot without reservation at uncertain intervals. Those who tramped the road and slept in such places were known as casuals, a word which now applies to people in temporary employment:
    The 'casuals'... may be more properly described as men whose employment is accidental, chanceful, or uncertain. (Mayhew, 1851).

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