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red-light district

an area or district in a city in which many houses of prostitution are located.
Origin of red-light district
1890-95; allegedly so called because brothels displayed red lights Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Well, maybe after they shut down the red-light district, too.
  • At night, a visit to a cafe or a stroll through the red-light district offer more adult attractions.
  • No book about the red-light district would be complete without a splash of insider knowledge.

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