skid road

skid row

[roh]
noun
an area of cheap barrooms and run-down hotels, frequented by alcoholics and vagrants.
Also called Skid Road.


Origin:
1930–35, Americanism; earlier skid road an area of a town frequented by loggers, originally a skidway

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skid road
 
n
1.  a track made of a set of logs laid transversely on which freshly cut timber can be hauled
2.  a.  (in the West) the part of a town frequented by loggers
 b.  another term for skid row

skid row or skid road (rəʊ)
 
n
slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) a dilapidated section of a city inhabited by vagrants, etc
 
skid road or skid road
 
n

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skid row
1931, from skid road "track of skids along which logs are rolled" (1851), from skid (n.). The sense was extended to "part of town inhabited by loggers" (1906), then, by hobos, to "disreputable district" (1915).
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