on skid row

on skid row

In utter poverty or squalid circumstances. It's amazing that, after nearly five years on skid row, he's now one of the biggest names in show business.
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on skid row

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
Skid row is a poor part of a city where many people who are homeless and alcoholic live. He worked for twenty years catching drug dealers on the city's skid row. Note: You say that someone is on skid row when they have lost all their money and possessions. A drug addict who lived on skid row, she fit the profile of the other missing women.
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skid row, on

Destitute, down-and-out. The term comes from the American lumber industry, where it first signified a skidway down which felled logs were slid. In time the part of a town frequented by loggers, which abounded in taverns and brothels, was called Skid Road. In the mid-twentieth century it again became “skid row” and was applied to any area of cheap barrooms and rundown hotels frequented by vagrants and alcoholics.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- US Activists in Los Angeles denounced police and city officials for their handling of the death of a homeless man who was shot and killed by officers on skid row.
Gigi the Famous Rescue Dog: From Skid Row to Embassy Row" is an inspiring story about a black, Flat -Coated Retriever who was abandoned by her owners, left to forage for scraps with other homeless dogs on Skid Row.
The city of Los Angeles has been told to clean up its act and start taking responsibility for the health of people who have ended up on Skid Row.
The Los Angeles Mission will serve about 2,000 meals at the End of Summer Block Party, which is part of the more than half a million meals it will provide this year to the homeless on Skid Row.
Now, amid rapid-fire gentrification of the downtown area, city leaders have implemented a police crackdown on Skid Row that has resulted in the harassment, arrest and displacement of thousands of poor people of color.
Rather than probing the love lives of fictional socialites or philandering doctors, he is more likely to be behind the camera at a soup kitchen or on Skid Row.