Definition of on relief in English:

on relief


mainly North American
  • Receiving government assistance because of need.

    ‘he was the type of man who ended up on relief when times were flush for everyone else’
    • ‘In the 1930s, working-class people, many on relief, flocked to movies where Park Avenue swells wined and dined in style.’
    • ‘Organisers on relief risked having their benefits taken away, but still they persevered.’