noun Date: 1888 chiefly British a cheap rooming house or hotel

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  • Doss house — A cheap lodging house. They [street Arabs] consort together and sleep in low doss houses where they meet with all kinds of villainy. W. Besant. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doss-house — doss houses also doss house N COUNT A doss house is a kind of cheap hotel in a city for people who have no home and very little money. [BRIT, INFORMAL] (in AM, use flophouse) …   English dictionary

  • doss house — n BrE informal a place where people who have nowhere to live can stay cheaply American Equivalent: flophouse …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • doss house — doss′ house n. brit. flophouse • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • doss house — noun see doss II, 2 * * * Chiefly Brit. flophouse. [1885 90] * * * doss house, a cheap rooming house: »We have to halt at…a village without eating place and only a doss house (Manchester Guardian) …   Useful english dictionary

  • doss house — n a dormitory for vagrants or a cheap, shabby hotel I don t know how you manage to live in this doss house you call a flat. ► I felt like pissing off and spending the night in some Arab dosshouse. (Joe Onion s diary, 14 May 1967) …   Contemporary slang

  • doss house — see doss house …   English dictionary

  • doss house — n. cheap guest house; cheap squalid hotel (especially for men) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • doss-house —  Lodging house (usu. very cheap) …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • doss house — Chiefly Brit. flophouse. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

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