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skids, the

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skid road


Disreputable: a tightwad with latent skid-road tendencies

n phr,n

  1. A forest track over which logs are dragged (1880+ Loggers)
  2. (also Skid Road or Skidroad) A street or district of cheap shops and resorts; a relatively disreputable district: I headed towards the Skidroad and its cheap eating joints/ no skid road for the professor (1915+ Lumberjacks, hoboes & underworld)

[fr the log-paved path on which the Seattle lumberman Henry Yesler skidded logs to his sawmill]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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