skid row

\ ˈskid-ˈrō How to pronounce skid row (audio) \

Definition of skid row

: a district of cheap saloons and flophouses frequented by vagrants and alcoholics

Examples of skid row in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web City planners argued that the building should be spared and studied further due to its unique design and its role in the clearing of Minneapolis' skid row district. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, "Modernist Minneapolis building that replaced 'skid row' destined for demolition," 12 Feb. 2021 Jn-Marie is organizing the car blockade with Los Angeles Community Action Network, a skid row anti-poverty activist group. Gale Holland Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 ‘super-spreader’ event feared in L.A. as Christian singer defies health order for concerts," 30 Dec. 2020 This Christmas tale about a yuppie’s descent to skid row is pitch black. Jody Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "The 50 best Christmas songs of the last 50 years," 14 Dec. 2020 The singer, who has defied health mandates before, plans stops on skid row and at a tent city in Echo Park. Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: Settle in at home," 30 Dec. 2020 Cunningham, a law student at UCLA and grandson of former Los Angeles City Councilman David Cunningham, also pointed to skid row’s disproportionate population of Black residents. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Black Lives Matter and other activists protest possible Biden appointment for Garcetti," 30 Nov. 2020 Back on skid row, the Union Rescue Mission has already held its main event. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, "Thanksgiving looks different on L.A.'s skid row this year," 25 Nov. 2020 The Streetz founder Shirley Raines has spent 2020 providing hot meals, hot showers and makeovers to the homeless population of L.A.’s skid row. Rachaell Davis, Essence, "WATCH: 'Beauty 2 The Streetz' Founder Shirley Raines Gets The Surprise Of A Lifetime," 20 Nov. 2020 My grandfather was a skid row alcoholic and depression runs in my genes. Rachel Hutton, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis author's experience with addiction and recovery inform a new novel," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of skid row

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skid row

alteration of skid road

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The first known use of skid row was circa 1931

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20 Feb 2021

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“Skid row.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skid row

chiefly US, informal : a poor part of a town or city where people who are homeless or who drink too much often go

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