skid row

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

Definition of skid row

: a poor district of a city or town where there are inexpensive hotels, bars, etc., and where people who are homeless or who drink too much often go

Examples of skid row in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the Great Depression and in the decades following, skid row became a hub of social services for people experiencing homelessness. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2021 Their divorce in 2010 marked the start of a sad two-year stretch for me that included 22 months of unemployment, worry about my father’s health and three months working at my uncle’s smoke shop near skid row when no one else would hire me. Kiana Butler Jabangwe, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Los Angeles really clear skid row and offer shelter to all those living on the streets? Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2021 But the business closed just as the population of skid row boomed. Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 He was shot to death by Los Angeles Police Department officers in broad daylight on skid row. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 After living on downtown Los Angeles’ skid row and then near a social services building in Compton, Walker moved to the Compton Creek. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2021 The search would take her to homeless encampments on skid row, to the steps of City Hall in protest, to remote corners of Southern California and to the dark underbelly of the city’s marijuana industry. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Even as upscale development closed in from all sides, General Jeff Page championed skid row as one of the city’s last majority-Black neighborhoods, made up of renters, recovery workers and homeless people who deserved their own political voice. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Skid row.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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