a brothel
   Derived from the obsolete knock but still a common usage:
    At the fifth knocking-shop, I struck pure gold. (Fraser, 1971: the gold was figurative — he had found a bawd to hide him)
   Formerly also as knocking-house, knocking-joint or knocker's shop:
    ... in twenty minutes they had organized a taxi to a 'knocker's shop'. (M. Clark, 1991 — they were 'taking a look at the tarts')

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  • knocking shop — noun Etymology: from gerund of knock “to copulate with”, from knock (I) slang Britain : brothel * * * knockˈing shop or knocking shop noun (slang) A brothel …   Useful english dictionary

  • knocking-shop — knockˈing shop or knocking shop noun (slang) A brothel • • • Main Entry: ↑knock …   Useful english dictionary

  • knocking shop — n British a brothel. A popular light hearted term now used to refer to a seducer s lair or any scene of promiscuity, as well as to a genuine bordello. The euphemism was recorded with the latter meaning in the mid 19th century. ► Life here was… …   Contemporary slang

  • knocking shop — /ˈnɒkɪŋ ʃɒp/ (say noking shop) noun Colloquial a brothel. Also, knock shop. {from obsolete sense of knock to have sexual intercourse} …   Australian English dictionary

  • knocking shop — noun Brothel. Always reminds me of one of the costlier knocking shops, you know Maison Japonaise …   Wiktionary

  • knocking shop — • brothel …   Londonisms dictionary

  • knocking shop — noun Brit. informal a brothel …   English new terms dictionary

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  • (a) knocking shop — British, very informal, Australian, very informal a place where men pay to have sex with women. People say it s a knocking shop but I ve never seen anything going on …   New idioms dictionary

  • knocking —  Criticism, knocking shop Brothel …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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