Hell's Kitchen

disreputable, impoverished New York City neighborhood, the name attested from 1879. The phrase was used from at least 1866 as an intensive form of Hell.

Hell's kitchen (American), a horrible slum. Hell's Kitchen, Murderer's Row, and the Burnt Rag are names of localities which form collectively the worst place in New York. [Albert Barrère and Charles G. Leland, "A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant," 1889]

updated on September 25, 2018

Definitions of Hell's Kitchen from WordNet

Hell's Kitchen (n.)
a district in Manhattan formerly noted for its slums and vice;
Synonyms: Hell's Half Acre
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