disorderly house

Any place where unlawful and illegal practices are habitually carried on. Marvel v State, 127 Ark 595, 193 SW 259, 5 ALR 1458. A place where acts are performed that tend to corrupt the morals of the community or to promote breaches of the peace, or a place kept for the purpose of public resort for thieves, drunkards, prostitutes or other idle and vicious people, without regard to whether there is any actual disturbance of the public peace and quiet. 24 Am J2d Disord H § 1. See house of ill fame; whorehouse.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • disorderly house —    a brothel    Originally 19th century legal jargon and still in use, even of the most tidy and wellconducted brothel:     If the neighbours chose to complain before a magistrate about a disorderly house... (Mayhew, 1862) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • disorderly house — House or place where residents or inhabitants behave in such a manner as to become a nuisance to the neighborhood. One where acts are performed which tend to corrupt morals of community or promote breaches of peace. Payne v. U. S., D.C.Mun. App …   Black's law dictionary

  • disorderly house — 1. a house of prostitution; brothel. 2. a gambling place. [1800 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • disorderly house — /dɪsˌɔdəli ˈhaʊs/ (say dis.awduhlee hows) noun 1. a house of prostitution; brothel. 2. a gambling place …   Australian English dictionary

  • disorderly house — noun Etymology: euphemism Date: 1749 bordello …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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