from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place where homeless people can sleep for the night. Provided either by the local council, or by a charity organisation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In London, a very cheap lodging-house, furnished with straw beds.


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  • Embankment; but things looked brighter for next week, and he might possibly get in a few days 'work and have a bed in some doss-house.


  • So how come a waiter in a back-alley doss-house — albeit a regular stopover Phineus used for his clients at Delphi — still knew of Polystratus?

    See Delphi and Die

  • Okhotin, an inveterate thief, the illegitimate son of a prostitute, brought up in a doss-house, who, up to the age of 30, had apparently never met with any one whose morality was above that of


  • Margo would've faced the prospect of viewing piles of people left dead by the Black Death with less distaste than the coming interview with doss-house prostitutes.

    Ripping Time

  • So he continued his meandering way down the wet street, allowing his shoulder to bump against the sooty bricks to guide and steady him on his way, making for the hidey hole he used when there was no money for a doss-house bed.

    Ripping Time

  • He'd been tracked there from a doss-house in Paddington, where a single viewing of the sketch in the hands of a detective constable had prompted a quick identification from a reception clerk eager to rid the building of the noxious police presence.

    In the Presence of the Enemy

  • "They'd be the perfect doss-house for a vagrant, wouldn't they?"

    In the Presence of the Enemy

  • Two years before I had traveled through the Atacama for weeks, much of it in a jeep with a peripatetic Australian man I had tripped over in the corridor of a doss-house.

    Terra Incognita

  • At first the question made no more sense than all the bewildering drivel and wild events of the past twenty-four hours - was it only a day and a night since I'd come to in that stinking doss-house?

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • So I was a sir and Tinker was a doss-house lounger.

    The Vatican Rip


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