noun, plural flophouses [flop-hou-ziz] .
a cheap, run-down hotel or rooming house.

1890–95; flop + house

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flophouse (ˈflɒpˌhaʊs)
slang (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): dosshouse a cheap lodging house, esp one used by tramps

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"cheap hotel," hobo slang, 1923, from earlier slang flop (v.) "lie down for sleep" (1907); see flop.
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Example sentences
His first hotel was nothing more than a flophouse for oil-field roustabouts.
In that the epidemiologists were wondering why have a dozen people in a flophouse all got tetanus.
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