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red-light district

an area or district in a city in which many houses of prostitution are located.
Origin of red-light district
First recorded in 1890-95; allegedly so called because brothels displayed red lights Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Didtu ku sa pampaman magdiskarga, I was in the red-light district, unloading.

  • I would start in at once to elevate, purify, and depopulate the red-light district.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • They also boast that none of their women may be found among the denizens of the red-light district.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch

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