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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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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