skid rowskid row
a usually run-down section of a city frequented by indigent alcoholics, vagrants, derelicts, etc.
Origin of skid rowaltered ; from skid road
A squalid district inhabited chiefly by derelicts and vagrants.
Origin of skid rowAlteration of skid road (from the fact that it once referred to a downtown area frequented by loggers).
(plural skid rows)
Probably from skid road (“a road along which logs were skidded"), transferred to the streets of towns where loggers had recreation on their time off.