bawdy-house

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bawdy-house (plural bawdy-houses)

  1. (now chiefly historical, formal) A brothel; a house of prostitution.
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 57:
      The spread of venereal disease slaughtered innocent wives and families by the thousands; the plague of bawdy houses destroyed the peace and livelihood of honest citizens.

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