red lamp


red lamp
   a brothel
   The traditional sign displayed outside. Less often as red light:
    There was a Red Lamp at Bethune situated about five yards off the main street. (F. Richards, 1933)
    Why don't we put red lights outside the hostels too? (J. Major, 1999 — he was ridiculing the idea that unmarried mothers should be housed in hostels)
   A red light precinct or district is a brothel area where you would expect to find more than one red-lighted number:
    They paid for promotion or detail to the red-light precinct. (Lavine, 1930, writing about the New York police)
    ... also featured at the red-lighted number of the brothel area of a town. (Longstreet, 1956)

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