Definition of flophouse in US English:



  • A cheap hotel or rooming house.

    • ‘It was to be a tale of petty cons and flophouses, and, surely, much, much more, but Chaplin was never allowed to finish it.’
    • ‘A walk along the Rue des Martyrs is scented with the souk-sweat of cumin and open sacks of cardamom pods bubble on the pavement between the sex shops and flophouses.’
    • ‘By 1937, Fortune magazine was stigmatizing them as ‘crowded rookeries of itinerant flophouses.’’
    • ‘Turmoil erupts in the flophouse when Osugi's husband discovers his wife's affair, and she tries to convince the thief to murder him in order to solve all their problems.’
    • ‘A Korean War veteran with an alcohol addiction that got the better of us all, he spent the last years of his life living in flophouses and on the street, passing his days riding the same city bus line he himself used to drive.’
    • ‘Three months ago, he was hired on at a small Pan-Asian restaurant next to the old flophouse Madison Hotel.’
    • ‘I was planning a trip across the border into Mexico, and Jesus was telling me about the illegals who sometimes gathered in Nogales to cross into the US, and the name of the flophouse where they often stayed.’
    • ‘He studied the Bowery and flophouses in New York City for inspiration in his writing.’
    • ‘He didn't like it one bit and claimed it made him sick to run a flophouse.’
    • ‘The very first scene is one of death - a neighbor lady has died, and Turtle, after some skirmishes with local boys, claims her house and uses it as a bordello / flophouse.’
    • ‘A few months later I found out that my mother had been killed by Red Rocks during a contraband raid of the flophouse she had been calling her office.’
    • ‘Grimy back alley flophouses, squalid arcades lined with girlie nickelodeons and a neon-lined skid row lend the picture an air of authenticity.’
    • ‘Her Maria is moody, yet restrained, whether enduring a tense interrogation by U.S. customs officials, or imprisonment in a New Jersey flophouse with bored thugs waiting to collect the excreted pellets.’
    • ‘African-American delegates were forced to take rooms in the dodgiest residential hotels and flophouses in the Red Light district around Union Station.’
    • ‘By 18, Fellig was living alone among the flophouses of the Bowery and worked a succession of jobs - as a labourer and taking passport photographs - until 1924, when he found employment in the darkrooms of Acme Newspictures.’
    • ‘As his second decade wore on, he wandered round the country staying in flophouses, rooming houses and cheap hotels - drunk, obviously, most of the time throughout the Forties, and excused by a psychiatrist from wartime military service.’
    • ‘Gail is sharing a room in a well-known downtown flophouse for $250 a week.’
    • ‘Are they flophouses for shiftless young people?’
    • ‘Little do they know, but those reprehensible little globes of gluttony are now living in the basement of Annie and Johnny's flophouse.’
    • ‘With deadpan humor, she shot Sunshine Hotel in a flophouse, its name proclaimed by besmeared ceramic tiles mounted on a scarred red wall.’
    • ‘The battles are mostly unspectacular - an arrest at an airport or in a seedy Pakistani flophouse, perhaps the occasional CIA or Mossad assassination.’
    • ‘Today, only a handful of flophouses, virtually unchanged for half a century, are all that remain of this once teeming world.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, she and her staff have found that a demand exists for what flophouses offer: a cheap, secure place to stay a short time without having to answer any questions.’
    • ‘A futuristic fairy tale about the misfit freaks who inhabit a bohemian flophouse in downtown Los Angeles, the story was written by U2 singer Bono and features several burnt-out rock stars.’
    • ‘In 1986, for instance, the place rolled and tumbled in the enormous sunken pit left by a fatal San Francisco arson fire eleven years earlier that had burned a flophouse to the ground.’
    • ‘It is a flophouse for deluded officers who believe in the ability to defeat the resistance.’
    • ‘Her mom is a trifling tramp, and her brother is stuck in that dead-end service industry job, dividing his money between a flophouse hotel room and the local drug kingpin.’
    • ‘The old flophouses were stinking lice-ridden hellholes with naught but chicken wire and cardboard to segregate the occupants; demolishing these places was seen as a great civic good.’
    • ‘On December 2, 1913 twenty-seven lives were lost when a South End flophouse, the Hotel Acadia, burned to the ground.’
    • ‘As for the state-run addict hotels, they quickly became as rife with filth and violence as any Vancouver flophouse.’
    • ‘Against her better judgment, Aunt Martha agrees to provide free room and board in return for help with the housekeeping in her glorified skid-row flophouse.’
    • ‘He apparently rebelled again and was soon back on the streets, where he spent many a night in old tenement buildings and flophouses.’
    • ‘Japan does not count the thousands of people in shelters and flophouses in such data.’
    • ‘A hopeless alcoholic living in a flophouse on the seamy side of town, he was a promising boxer chewed up and spit out by the corrupt amateur circuit.’
    • ‘By decade's end, what had been a haphazard collection of Bowery flophouses ballooned to a geographically dispersed network of some 20 facilities lodging 5,000 men nightly.’
    • ‘That first winter, I kept my little $85-a-month flophouse room in town.’