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den of iniquity

A place where seedy activities happen. I'm not surprised to hear that the police raided that club again—it's a den of iniquity!
See also: den, iniquity, of
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

den of iniquity

a place filled with criminal activity or wickedness. The town was a den of iniquity and vice was everywhere. Police raided the gambling house, calling it a den of iniquity.
See also: den, iniquity, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a den of iniquity

If a place is a den of iniquity, a lot of immoral things happen there. As time went on, he realised he was working in a den of iniquity and that the corruption spread right to the top of the organization.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a den of iˈniquity/ˈvice

(disapproving) a place where people do bad things: She thinks that just because we sit around smoking and drinking beer the club must be a real den of iniquity.
See also: den, iniquity, of, vice
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What the questioning of an assortment of scoundrels has revealed is that the IPL was not merely a secret society, but a den of vice, betting and gambling.
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But above all the book counters the tenacious, negative stereotypes that have portrayed the author's community as a den of vice, violence and disrepute.
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The local gang is nice enough to offer the boy a job, and, as doorman to its tawdry den of vice, he is, of course, the only one who gets caught when a clueless new policeman tries to clean up the scene.
Another letter said: "The Met Office is a den of vice and I witnessed it for many years."
Cardiff police chief Bob Evans has spoken of his frustration at seeing his beloved city portrayed as a den of vice.