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sporting house

Older Use. a brothel.
Archaic. an establishment, as a tavern, inn, or the like, catering to gamblers or sportsmen.
Origin of sporting house
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In the sporting house also she is preferred as a servant, her dark complexion separating her from other inmates.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • In the evening I went to a sporting house on Twenty-seventh Street, where a number of guns hung out.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
British Dictionary definitions for sporting house

sporting house

(US, rare) a euphemistic word for brothel
(archaic) a tavern or inn frequented by gamblers or other sportsmen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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sporting house

noun phrase

A place for gambling and dissipation, esp a brothel (1857+)

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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