knocking shop

n
British
a brothel. A popular light-hearted term now used to refer to a seducer's lair or any scene of promiscuity, as well as to a genuine bordello. The euphemism was recorded with the latter meaning in the mid-19th century.
► 'Life here was hell with that girl. We thought she was running a knocking shop and it drove us all mad.' (Resident of block of flats, News of the World, 19 February 1989)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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