disorderly house

   a brothel
   Originally 19th-century legal jargon and still in use, even of the most tidy and wellconducted brothel:
    If the neighbours chose to complain before a magistrate about a disorderly house... (Mayhew, 1862)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • disorderly house — a polite legal term for a brothel. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001. disorderly house A place of illegal gambling or a house of prostitution …   Law dictionary

  • disorderly house — n. any establishment where offenses against public peace, safety, or order habitually occur; esp., a house of prostitution …   English World dictionary

  • Disorderly house — In English criminal law a disorderly house is a house in which the conduct of its inhabitants is such as to become a public nuisance, or outrages public decency, or tends to corrupt or deprave, or injures the public interest; or a house where… …   Wikipedia

  • disorderly house — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms disorderly house : singular disorderly house plural disorderly houses legal a brothel …   English dictionary

  • disorderly house — noun : brothel * * * disˌorderly ˈhouse 7 [disorderly house] noun (law) (old use) a ↑brothel (= place where people …   Useful english dictionary

  • disorderly house — House or place where residents or inhabitants behave in such a manner as to become a nuisance to the neighborhood. One where acts are performed which tend to corrupt morals of community or promote breaches of peace. Payne v. U. S., D.C.Mun. App …   Black's law dictionary

  • disorderly house — 1. a house of prostitution; brothel. 2. a gambling place. [1800 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • disorderly house — /dɪsˌɔdəli ˈhaʊs/ (say dis.awduhlee hows) noun 1. a house of prostitution; brothel. 2. a gambling place …   Australian English dictionary

  • disorderly house — Any place where unlawful and illegal practices are habitually carried on. Marvel v State, 127 Ark 595, 193 SW 259, 5 ALR 1458. A place where acts are performed that tend to corrupt the morals of the community or to promote breaches of the peace,… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • disorderly house — noun Etymology: euphemism Date: 1749 bordello …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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