• Flophouse

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ˈflɒphaʊs/

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    Origin

    From flop + house, originally hobo slang, presumably from slang flop ("lie down to sleep").

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    Full definition of flophouse

    Noun

    flophouse

    (plural flophouses)
    1. (US, slang) A cheap hotel or boarding house where many people sleep in large rooms. from 20th c.
      • 1904, McClure's, November 1904:In one of Cincinnati’s slum districts stands the Silver Moon, a “flop house” (i.e., a house where the occupants are “flopped” out of their hanging bunks by letting down the ropes).
      • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 34:He was born out back of a twopenny flophouse in what the wags called “The Holy Land” .

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