from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A squalid district inhabited chiefly by derelicts and vagrants.
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- noun An especially
dilapidatedsection of a city, characterized by run-down or abandoned buildings, alcoholismand homelessness, and vicessuch as drug dealing and prostitution.
- noun A colloquial designation of a
run-downdistrict of Los Angeles.
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- noun a city district frequented by vagrants and alcoholics and addicts
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Alteration of skid road (from the fact that it once referred to a downtown area frequented by loggers).]
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Probably from skid road ("a road along which logs were skidded"), transferred to the streets of towns where loggers had recreation on their time off.
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