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rent party

(especially during the Great Depression) a party with music and dancing, given to raise money for the host's rent by collecting a contribution from each guest.
Origin of rent party
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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rent party

noun phrase

A party where one's friends and neighbors buy drinks, food, etc, and help one pay the rent; percolator, shake (1925+ Black)

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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