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A squalid district inhabited chiefly by derelicts and vagrants.
[Alteration of skid road (from the fact that it once referred to a downtown area frequented by loggers).]
skid row(rəʊ) or
slang chiefly US and Canadian a dilapidated section of a city inhabited by vagrants, etc
an area of cheap barrooms and run-down hotels, frequented by alcoholics and vagrants. Also called Skid′ Road′.
[1930–35, Amer.; earlier skid road]