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 The council also opened the door to residential development in a portion of skid row bounded by 5th Street on the north, 7th Street on the south, San Pedro Street on the west and Central Avenue on the east. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 In February, The Los Angeles Times reported that sanitation crews demolished an unofficial community-resource center in the city’s skid row in what officials called a regular cleanup. Jack Healy, New York Times, 10 May 2023 The Midnight Mission is serving nearly 2,000 people with a traditional Easter meal and hygiene items in front of its building in downtown L.A.’s skid row. Jeong Park, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2023 Kilo, a muscular gray pit bull, stood staunchly by his homeless owner in the middle of 6th Street on L.A.'s skid row. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2023 On Wednesday, Stewart followed Abadin past dozens of tents on skid row in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2023 For years, it was known as the city’s skid row. Haru Coryne, ProPublica, 11 Nov. 2020 The Times’ Jaimie Ding looked at the reasons for that, and some of the challenges faced by the facility, which sits on the edge of skid row. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2022 Monthly rent is about $400, an amount below even what other residential hotels on skid row charge. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of skid road

First Known Use

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skid row was circa 1931

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“Skid row.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

skid row

: a district of cheap saloons and cheap rooming houses in which vagrants and alcoholics live

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