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: having numerous houses of prostitution
a red-light district

red light

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: a warning signal
especially : a red traffic signal

Examples of red-light in a Sentence

Noun the reporter took her glower as a red light and stopped asking questions
Recent Examples on the Web
According to data from one of the red-light device makers, at least 100,000 children are already using this treatment in China and other Asian countries, and it’s also been approved in some European countries and Australia. Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 2 Feb. 2024 The eight coups d’état that have rocked Africa’s Sahel region since 2020 are a flashing, red-light warning: Washington’s efforts to stabilize the region have failed. Joseph Sany, Foreign Affairs, 30 Jan. 2024 And for more high-tech home treatments, check out our picks of best LED face mask and red-light therapy devices. Kylie Gilbert, Glamour, 18 Jan. 2024 Henry eventually opened two bordellos on Sixth Street, the heart of St. Louis’ red-light district. Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 The episode begins with Lillian (Adina Porter) walking through the red-light district in New York where peep shows cost 25 cents. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 7 Oct. 2023 Cincinnati voters in 2008 passed a charter amendment that severely restricts the use of red-light cameras, but Councilman Jeff Cramerding proposed undoing the ban in a charter amendment that would have been put to voters in November. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 6 Sep. 2023 Impaired driving: Wilson Mills Road A Middlefield man, 43, was arrested for OVI after his vehicle was stopped for a red-light violation near Hanover Road, around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 18. cleveland, 22 Aug. 2023 Just give your eyes 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness, and bring a red-light flashlight to keep your eyes adjusted throughout the night. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 11 Aug. 2023
According to Gandhi, the suspect was driving southbound on Franklin Boulevard and made a turn against a red light onto Brookfield Drive. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 12 Feb. 2024 Where to Stay Photo: Raphael Faux The Grand Bellevue Le Grand Bellevue is a must, with the spa offering Sturm facials and some amazing wellness treatments like red light therapy, saunas, steam baths, and an ice fountain. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 This Red Light Wand Works Magic Bring the power of red light therapy to your beautiful skin with this Red Light Wand that will not only tighten your skin and lift your face but fight against wrinkles too. Hyphensocial Contributors, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 In a bid to escape the gunfire, the assailants made a U-turn against a red light at the intersection and collided with another car traveling east on East 18th Street, according to police. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 Too much is at stake to put the red light on projects in a bid to secure a specific bloc of votes. Mike Sommers, Fortune Europe, 1 Feb. 2024 An investigation revealed that the Nissan, driven by Castro, failed to stop at a red light and ran through the intersection at a high rate of speed estimated to be 81 mph in a 30-mph zone, the DCJ said. Staff Reports, Hartford Courant, 12 Jan. 2024 The man was crossing against a red light at West Seventh Street and Maynard Drive just before 7:30 a.m., police said of preliminary information. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, 8 Jan. 2024 The alarming rise in carjackings in Washington over the past year, a toll that nearly doubled from 2022, exposed the risks embedded in the most prosaic of everyday routines — driving home from the office or to the store; stopping at a gas station or for a red light. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1900, in the meaning defined above


1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red-light was in 1849

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“Red-light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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