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hash house

n. Slang
A cheap restaurant.
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hash house

n
slang US a cheap café or restaurant
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hash′ house`


n.
Slang.
a cheap restaurant or diner.
[1865–70]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hash house - an inexpensive restaurant
eatery, eating house, eating place, restaurant - a building where people go to eat
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Soon, he's racing around the hash houses and taverns of his beloved Wilmington, carrying out a cockeyed investigation into who drugged and dumped his old Amtrak conductor buddy on those tracks.
Winchell went on to give more examples of the numerical code used by servers at soda fountains, including"eighty-one" meaning"a glass of water," and"thirteen" meaning"one of the big bosses is drifting around." Three years later, Harold W Bentley, a Columbia University professor, confirmed the soda-counter usage of eighty-six in an article in the journal American Speech,"Linguistic Concoctions of the Soda Jerker." Bentley sent his students out to drug-store soda counters, hash houses, and other eateries around New York, collecting about 500 items in all, including some rather elaborate expressions:"Noah's boy with Murphy carrying a wreath" was the code for"ham and potato and cabbage." Eighty-six could be found alongside many other code numbers in the eighties and nineties: EIGHTY-ONE.
Committed will take place in a stylish New York restaurant--something De Niro knows about as part owner of several swank hash houses in Gotham.