skid row

skid row

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

1930–35, Americanism; earlier skid road an area of a town frequented by loggers, originally a skidway Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
skid row or skid road (rəʊ)
slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) a dilapidated section of a city inhabited by vagrants, etc
skid road or skid road

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Word Origin & History

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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Slang Dictionary

skid row definition

  1. n.
    the name for a place populated with ruined alcoholics and other down-and-out people. : Just because they're on skid row, it doesn't mean they're beyond help.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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