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[flop-hous] /ˈflɒpˌhaʊs/
noun, plural flophouses
[flop-hou-ziz] /ˈflɒpˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a cheap, run-down hotel or rooming house.
Origin of flophouse
First recorded in 1890-95; flop + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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(US & Canadian, slang) a cheap lodging house, esp one used by tramps Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) dosshouse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flophouse

"cheap hotel," hobo slang, 1904, probably related to slang flop (v.) "lie down for sleep" (1907); see flop (v.) + house (n.).

In one of [Cincinnati's] slum districts stands the Silver Moon, a "flop house" (i.e., a house where the occupants are "flopped" out of their hanging bunks by letting down the ropes) .... ["McClure's" magazine, November 1904]
(But this explanation is not found in other early references.)

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A cheap and sordid rooming house or hotel, esp one with dormitories for men; chinch pad, fleabag: I'm spending my nights at the flophouse (1923+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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