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skid row

1. A squalid area of poverty and destitution, typically inhabited by those suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction. When they hosted the Olympics, the city was criticized for rounding up the homeless and keeping them all contained on skid row.
2. A life marked by poverty and squalid circumstances. It's amazing that, after nearly five years on skid row, he's now one of the biggest names in show business.
See also: row, skid

skid row

A squalid district inhabited by derelicts and vagrants; also, a life of impoverished dissipation. For example, That part of town is our skid row, or His drinking was getting so bad we thought he was headed for skid row. This expression originated in the lumber industry, where it signified a road or track made of logs laid crosswise over which logs were slid. Around 1900 the name Skid Road was used for the part of a town frequented by loggers, which had many bars and brothels, and by the 1930s the variant skid row, with its current meaning, came into use.
See also: row, skid

(on) skid ˈrow

(informal, especially American English) people who are on skid row live in a very poor part of town where there are many social problems: When he went bankrupt he lost everything, and ended up living on skid row for a few years. OPPOSITE: on easy streetThis expression came from the phrase skid road, referring to the poor part of towns where loggers (= people who cut down trees or cut and transported wood) lived. Originally a skid road was a road made of large pieces of wood, used for moving logs to the mill.
See also: row, skid

skid row

n. the name for a place populated with ruined alcoholics and other down-and-out people. Just because they’re on skid row, it doesn’t mean they’re beyond help.
See also: row, skid
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We will continue to make changes to Skid Row," said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.
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To the battling Callaghan, who's usually confronting some government or business agency on behalf of the immigrants or the inhabitants of nearby Skid Row, the noise of the kids is angel music.
Anat Rubin, director of public policy at Lamp Community, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides housing for homeless people with severe mental illnesses, said the report confirms what many people working on Skid Row have been saying since the initiative began.
The court described Skid Row as "a place of desperate poverty, drug use, and crime," but noted a report that found that homelessness results from mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence, with between 33% and 50% of the homeless in Los Angeles mentally ill.
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The Lord tells me who needs it most," Chase said Sunday, as he prepared for his annual Easter giving to the hundreds who lined up on Skid Row, outside the Salvation Army in 5th Street.
Lynott was just 18 when the recordings were made in 1968 in Dominick Street, Dublin, by Skid Row.
Father Maurice Chase, Los Angeles Catholic priest, former Assistant to the President of Loyola Marymount University, and Skid Row activist, will give out on Easter Sunday, $15,000 in one dollar bills to the poor and homeless on LA's Skid Row.
s Skid Row and if conditions are going to improve, long-term housing needs to be provided to hundreds chronically homeless, LAPD Chief William Bratton said Thursday.
He then formed the legendary rock group Skid Row, with guitar supremo Gary Moore.
Father Maurice Chase, Los Angeles Catholic priest, former Assistant to the President of Loyola Marymount University, and Skid Row activist will give out on Christmas Day, $15,000 in one dollar bills to the poor and homeless on LA's Skid Row.
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