gashouse

[gas-hous]

Origin of gashouse

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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