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[flop-hous] /ˈflɒpˌhaʊs/

noun, plural flophouses
[flop-hou-ziz] /ˈflɒpˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a cheap, run-down hotel or .
(US & Canadian, slang) a cheap lodging house, esp one used by tramps Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) dosshouse

“cheap hotel,” hobo slang, 1904, probably related to slang flop (v.) “lie down for sleep” (1907); see flop (v.) + house (n.).

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) …. [“McClure’s” magazine, November 1904]

(But this explanation is not found in other early references.)


A cheap and sordid rooming house or hotel, esp one with dormitories for men; chinch pad, fleabag: I’m spending my nights at the flophouse (1923+)


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