knocking shop

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knocking shop ‎(plural knocking shops)

  1. (chiefly Britain, slang) Brothel.
    • 1945, Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, "Epilogue":
      Always reminds me of one of the costlier knocking-shops, you know—"Maison Japonaise".
    • 1990, House of Cards, Season 1, Episode 1:
      Bloody nonsense, "All come together"... Sounds like the motto of a knocking shop in Marrakesh.