might have started up in all classes of society

Suhaser

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Turkish
Hello, I’m translating Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, but haven’t thoroughly understood the phrase which I quoted. Would you help me please?

There is no saying how many applicants for relief, under these last two heads, might have started up in all classes of society, if it had not been coupled with the workhouse; but the board were long-headed men, and had provided for this difficulty.
 
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