Definition of bloodhouse in English:



NZ, Australian
  • A bar or hotel noted for violence and disorder.

    ‘the original hotel was a bloodhouse of the traditional kind’
    • ‘A single-storey hotel on the north side of the tracks, it had a reputation as a bloodhouse.’
    • ‘The review was titled “From Bloodhouse to Smart Restaurant”.’
    • ‘The hotel dates back to 1918, and during its lifetime was known as the Bloodhouse, due to the extreme violence often on show within.’
    • ‘We established a regular Friday-night gig at a rock 'n' roll bloodhouse in Victoria Street.’
    • ‘I walked past the old hotel on my way to and from school in the sixties, and it was a six-o'clock swill bloodhouse with all the usual trappings.’
    • ‘It's good to see they're giving a notorious bloodhouse a fresh start.’
    • ‘She and the children moved into the hotel, a gold-rush–era bloodhouse that still had the old stables out the back where thirsty prospectors would tether their horses.’
    • ‘The old bloodhouse round the corner is now a pub with a bistro.’
    • ‘This London hotel was far, far more salubrious than the bloodhouse of the same name in Sydney, where we had had our start.’
    • ‘They avoid the local bloodhouse in favour of a more salubrious drinking hole.’


Early 20th century: from blood + house.