from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house frequented by sportsmen, betting men, gamblers, and the like.
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It is a well-known sporting-house, and the breakfasts are famous.
It was during this time that the newspapers invented such locutions as interesting (or delicate) condition, criminal operation, house of ill (or questionable) repute, disorderly-house, sporting-house, statutory offense, fallen woman and criminal assault.
The housekeeper was exasperated beyond endurance with me, and told me I would have to learn to distinguish a gentleman from a blackguard; to which advice I hotly retorted that I didn't believe that gentlemen came into a "sporting-house."
I did not by any means always succeed in keeping the girls sober by serving them with whatever I considered good for them, for it is a part of the creed of nearly every patron of a sporting-house to help the girls circumvent the landlady.
A secondary sporting-house district about a third the size of the main one around Twenty-second and Armour.