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gashouse

[gas-hous] /ˈgæsˌhaʊs/
noun, plural gashouses
[gas-hou-ziz] /ˈgæsˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of gashouse
1875-1880
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; gas + house
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Word Origin and History for gashouse
n.

1880 as a power-generating station, from gas (n.) + house (n.). By 1926, emblematic of a run-down district of a U.S. city, a typical abode of gangsters.

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