In his hand is a Bloody Mary, and his eyelids hang down his face like two broken blinds in a flophouse.
They dress in clothing from the flophouse lost-and-found and are groomed with a hacksaw and gravel rake.
The walls were paper-thin, and he could hear all comings-and-goings at his end of the flophouse.
The theater job proves temporary, and after weeks of couch surfing McClear finds a bed at a flophouse called the Malibu Hotel.
In one of [Cincinnati's] slum districts stands the Silver Moon, a "flop house" (i.e., a house where the occupants are "flopped" out of their hanging bunks by letting down the ropes) .... ["McClure's" magazine, November 1904](But this explanation is not found in other early references.)