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house of ill repute

euphemism A place where prostitutes are available for hire; a brothel. Please don't tell me that the media got a picture of the senator leaving a house of ill repute over the weekend. Though obviously in decline in recent years, houses of ill repute can still be found in the seedier parts of the city.
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man of ill repute

euphemism A man who is dishonest, wicked, or immoral; a scoundrel or criminal. That John Grimsby is a man of ill repute, Timothy. It is best that you avoid him entirely. That dark place serves as the meeting ground for various men of ill repute from across the city.
See also: ill, man, of, repute

woman of ill repute

euphemism A female prostitute. The house is said to belong to a woman of ill repute. He has wasted thousands of dollars on gambling and women of ill repute.
See also: ill, of, repute, woman
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

house of ill repute

 and house of ill fame
Euph. a house of prostitution. The sign says "Health Club," but everyone knows it's a house of ill repute. He made a lot of money by running a house of ill fame.
See also: house, ill, of, repute

woman of ill repute

Euph. a prostitute. His favorite companion was a woman of ill repute. If you can't be faithful to your husband, you're no better than a woman of ill repute.
See also: ill, of, repute, woman
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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And, as for me, if, by any possibility, there be any as yet undiscovered prime thing in me; if I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything that, upon the whole, a man might rather have done than to have left undone; if, at my death, my executors, or more properly my creditors, find any precious MSS.
He has some houses in remote parts of London, and some houses in certain watering-places on the east coast, which are shown to be advancing in public repute. In all these cases he is reported to have made remarkably good bargains.
And beyond this, to keep the people quiet and without loss to the state, they always have the means of giving work to the community in those labours that are the life and strength of the city, and on the pursuit of which the people are supported; they also hold military exercises in repute, and moreover have many ordinances to uphold them.
Sir Mulberry Hawk lived abroad for some years, courted and caressed, and in high repute as a fine dashing fellow.
ISLAMABAD, July 22, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has instructed Federal Law Minister Dr Babar Awan to expedite the process of sending him names of good reputes individuals for appointment of new chairman National Accountability Bureau.
ISLAMABAD, July 22, 2010 (Frontier Star): Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has instructed Federal Law Minister Dr Babar Awan to expedite the process of sending him names of good reputes individuals for appointment of new chairman National Accountability Bureau.