1. [mid-18C–early 19C] a fair.
2. [late 18C–1950s] a cheap music hall or theatre; also attrib.
3. [19C+] a show, an exhibition.
4. [early 19C] a brothel.
5. [late 19C+] a prison.
6. [late 19C+] a place, an area, e.g. a street.
7. [20C+] a house or shop, a home.
8. [20C+] a club.
9. [1910s] (UK Und.) a warehouse.
10. [1910s–60s] a job, an occupation.
11. in attrib. use of sense 9.
12. [1930s] a dance hall.
13. [1930s] (UK Und.) a place chosen for a robbery.
14. [1930s–40s] (US Und.) a crooked casino or similar place designed to fleece innocent victims.
15. [1930s+] (also gaffe) a hotel.
16. [1930s+] a bar.
17. [1930s+] a restaurant.
18. [1960s] (UK Und.) a prostitute’s room, where she works, but usu. does not live.
1. [early 19C+] to reveal a secret, esp. a hoax or deception; to inform.
2. [late 19C+] (US) to make a mess of, to bungle.
[1940s] (US Und.) of a confidence trickster, to set up the room where a victim is to be fleeced.
[mid–late 19C] a cheap theatre or music-hall.