Constrained to work sore to

disintegrators

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Turkish
I've come across a sentence while reading a book and couldn't figure out what it really means.
Sentence: ".... they live of small wages, and are constrained to work sore to provide them necessaries."
I've googled like "work sore" but couldn't find the same usage. Does it means something like " work when they are sore"?
 
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  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    It’s essential in questions like this that you tell us the source of the quote and explain the context. You are also required to provide at least one full sentence – not just part of one.

    It turns out that this is part of a quote in a 19th-century book from a survey of the town of Sheffield, England, conducted in 1615! It’s mostly a report of extreme poverty, and the full sentence is:

    The remaining 1,222 of the population of the town are “children and servants of the said householders; the greatest part of which are such as live on small wages, and are constrained to work sore to provide them necessaries."

    The OED definition for that outdated use of sore is: With great exertion or effort; laboriously, toilsomely, hard.
     
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