a brothel having rooms with secret entrances, as sliding panels, for admitting panel thieves.
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How to use panel house in a sentence
Sometimes he degenerates into a burglar or common thief, sometimes he becomes the proprietor of a panel house or a policy office.Lights and Shadows of New York Life | James D. McCabe
This broke the panel-house keepers' backbone and they never recovered to resume business again.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World | Clifton R. Wooldridge
But they had to have some distinctive appellation, and "panel house" is a convenient generic term.