(US) a cheap brothel.
|(ref. to 1898) Amer. Madam (1981) 263: On the Coast there were the cow-yard whore, the crib whore, and the parlour house whore. [...] I’ve visited cow-yards where there were two hundred-and-fifty to three hundred whores at work.|
|(con. 1870s–1910s) Barbary Coast (2002) 243: In that portion of the red-light district which formed a part of the Barbary Coast, there were three main types of brothel — the cow-yard, the crib, and the parlor house.|
SE in slang uses
(Aus.) a type of cake or bun that contains sultanas.
(Aus.) nonsense, rubbish.
|Age (Melbourne) 4 Aug. 16: ‘Cowyard confetti’ my long deceased great-uncle would have called it when in polite company [GAW4].|