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Slang), house of spa prostitution casablanca ill repute, knocking shop (slang), bawdy house (archaic), house of prostitution, bagnio, house of ill fame, stews (archaic) a thriving brothel"tions "Prisons are built with stones of Law, brothels with bricks of Religion" William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Informal, austral any untidy or messy place, c16: short for brothel-house, from C14 brothel useless person, from Old English brothan to deteriorate; related to briethel worthless brothel (br l, br-, br l, -l).
Short for brothel-house, from Middle English brothel, prostitute, from brothen, past participle of brethen, to go to ruin, from Old English brothan, to decay.
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