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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Doss-house dos′-hows a very cheap lodging-house
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from doss, a prov. Eng. name for a hassock.


In literature:

The little private doss-houses, as a rule, are unmitigated horrors.
"The People of the Abyss" by Jack London
Heard he was dying in a doss-house, and must fetch him home and nurse him back to life.
"All Roads Lead to Calvary" by Jerome K. Jerome
The memory of the doss-house worked in Shelton's mind like poison.
"The Island Pharisees" by John Galsworthy
I've got a doss-house all to myself.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
If you want to look for them, I should try one of the doss houses.
"The Tempting of Tavernake" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The band slept wherever it could; now in suspicious dingy doss-houses, now on waste ground.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
He lends the best part of his remaining funds to his friends, and the rest goes in vodka and his keep at the doss-house.
"Maxim Gorki" by Hans Ostwald
By day the streets are a depression, with their frowzy doss-houses and their vapour-baths.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
The doss-houses and jails were emptied.
"Stand Up, Ye Dead" by Norman Maclean
It was a mere "dossing house," but that was quite a matter of indifference.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum
This is a doss-house, this is.
"A Hero of Romance" by Richard Marsh
By day the streets are a depression, with their frowzy doss-houses and their vapor-baths.
"Modern Essays" by John Macy
Women of the class that drift to the doss-house are not inclined to exchange confidences with their neighbours.
"The Strand Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 161, May 1904" by Various

In poetry:

Many I grieve with a grave, deep love
Who are deep in the grave, whose faces I never saw:
Poets who died of alcohol, bullets, or birthdays
Doss in the damp house, forbidden now to snore.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell

In news:

Doss is the owner/operator of Dandy Dog Grooming Shop, housed in a small building on Poplar Street, just west of the stoplight in downtown Fort Gibson.