Badge of Poverty

In former times those who received parish relief had to wear a badge. It was the letter P, with the initial of the parish to which they belonged, in red or blue cloth, on the shoulder of the right sleeve. (See Dyvour.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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