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.
See also: on, row, skid
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: on, skid
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As I write this review, I am listening to the news about the killing of another homeless person, a man on Skid Row, a 50-square-block section of downtown Los Angeles.
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Out of the ICLC's offices on Skid Row, Malpecle held theater workshops for the area's homeless population, assembling a core of performers now known as the Los Angeles Poverty Department.
On Skid Row there is a flower shop which, unsurprisingly, does little or no business.
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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.
You know, after my stabbing, I had gone through a lot of stuff and I lived on skid row for a minute.
And while McCall won't be on skid row managers on the move should be well warned.