Etymology
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flophouse (n.)

"cheap hotel," hobo slang, 1904, probably related to slang flop (v.) "lie down for sleep" (1907); see flop (v.) + house (n.). The explanation below is not found in other early references.

In one of [Cincinnati's] slum districts stands the Silver Moon, a "flop house" (i.e., a house where the occupants are "flopped" out of their hanging bunks by letting down the ropes) .... [McClure's magazine, November 1904]

updated on August 18, 2020

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Definitions of flophouse from WordNet

flophouse (n.)
a cheap lodging house;
Synonyms: dosshouse
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