skid row

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  1. an area of cheap barrooms and run-down hotels, frequented by alcoholics and vagrants.

Origin of skid row

1930–35, Americanism; earlier skid road an area of a town frequented by loggers, originally a skidway
  • Also called Skid Road .

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How to use skid row in a sentence

  • One morning, he wakes up on skid row without a nickel in his jeans and the great-granddaddy of all hangovers.

    See? | Edward G. Robles
  • One nostalgic hood from Seattle said it reminded him of skid row there.

    Mars Confidential | Jack Lait

British Dictionary definitions for skid row

skid row

skid road

/ (rəʊ) /

  1. slang, mainly US and Canadian a dilapidated section of a city inhabited by vagrants, etc

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Other Idioms and Phrases with skid row

skid row

A squalid district inhabited by derelicts and vagrants; also, a life of impoverished dissipation. For example, That part of town is our skid row, or His drinking was getting so bad we thought he was headed for skid row. This expression originated in the lumber industry, where it signified a road or track made of logs laid crosswise over which logs were slid. Around 1900 the name Skid Road was used for the part of a town frequented by loggers, which had many bars and brothels, and by the 1930s the variant skid row, with its current meaning, came into use.

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