3 hots & a cot

3 hots & a cot

Shorthand for the basic human needs: food—3 hots (3 hot meals)—and shelter (a cot) sought by homeless or other socially dysfunctional persons, which can occur in a hospital setting by faking an illness, in a shelter staffed by a charitable organisation or in the local jail.
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