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red-light district

An area in a city containing brothels and other businesses related to activities that are typically illegal elsewhere. If you patronize the red-light district, you're essentially subsidizing the sex trade.
See also: district
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red-light district

an area of a city or town containing many brothels, strip clubs, and other sex businesses.
See also: district
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the red-ˈlight district

the part of a city where prostitutes work and sex shops are found: I got lost and found myself in the red-light district all alone!
See also: district
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movie screen?) on which (and from which) are projected slides and film clips - a sort of audiovisual enactment of the global village: Sniper fire from Sarajevo can be heard behind burned-out buildings on New York's Lower East Side; skaters on Amsterdam's frozen canals are just a blink away from the sex shops in the red light district. Van der Keuken recalled with satisfaction that in Amsterdam, where the piece was originally installed, visitors to the space could not only roam among the images and sounds, but sip coffee and read newspapers on the structure's tablelike base.
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