Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shovel and broom n.

also shovel
[rhy. sl.]

(Aus./US) a room.

[NZ]N.Z. Truth 31 Jan. 2/8: I went up the apples and pears [...] to the shovel and broom (to my room), put my lump of lead on the weeping willow [...] and ploughed the ocean deep.
[US]M.C. Sharpe Chicago May: Her Story in Hamilton (1952) 132: Shovel and broom – room.
[US]R.J. Tasker Grimhaven 180: ‘We took the chump for his Simple Simons,’ a man declares, ‘and made for the shovel and broom.’.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks n.p.: Shovel, living quarters; a room.
[US]D. Runyon ‘A Very Honorable Guy’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 418: My rent is away overdue for the shovel and broom.
[US]St. Vincent Troubridge ‘Some Notes on Rhyming Argot’ in AS XXI:1 Feb. 47: shovel and broom. A room. (Origin uncertain, American or English.) May be American. If British, it is much rarer than birch broom.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edns).
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.