call house n.
1. (also house of call) a brothel to which men can come without making any prior appointment.
|Life of Thomas Neaves 35: Being ask’d whether he had Correspondence with those detestable Set of People call’d Molly’s, or Sodomites; Neaves reply’d that he never frequented any of their Abominable Houses of Call.|
|New London Spy 128: One of their houses of call, where he would be sure to be eased of his money.|
|Pierce Egan’s Life in London 282/2: [T]he prisoner was a ‘fancy man’ of Miss Honor Connolly, who resided with her (Bridget), and some other ladies of pleasure, in a ‘house of call’.|
|Sl. of Venery.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 240: Sometimes at night he would go to one of the call-houses on a nearby street and spend a couple of hours with one of the women.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 52: Down in the Lehigh Valley, / Me and my pal, Bill, / Pimped three years for a callhouse / And the work was all uphill.‘Down in Lehigh Valley II’ in|
|Mildred Pierce (1985) 357: I’m not running a house of call.|
|Little Sister 5: The call houses that specialize in sixteen-year-old virgins.|
|Sisters of the Night 5: Call houses are a thing of the past in New York.|
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2. (UK und.) a form of office, used by confidence tricksters.
|Progress of a Rake 22: The Rascals had a House of Call / [...] / That when they ’spy’d a Man a fretting, / They were such ready Rogues at Setting, / They cry, Your Bus’ness, Sir, be brief.|
3. a hetero- or homosexual brothel to which women or men are summoned by telephone after they have been selected, via some form of visual ‘menu’, by the male clientele; thus call trade, prostitution arranged on this basis.
|Social Evil in N.Y. City 18: A‘call house’ is the term used where immoral women living in apartments supply their patrons by telephoning to certain other places for girls to come in.|
|Prostitution in the US 139: The call house is really an employment exchange for prostitutes.|
|(ref. to 1907) Barbary Coast (2002) 235: A call house; that is, the members of the — well, staff — were not actually resident upon the premises, but were chosen from photographs, and from charts which furnished all needful information as to [...] physical details. Once selected, the male Magdalen was summoned by telephone or messenger.|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 116/1: call house. An assignation house to which girls are called to serve a selected clientele.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
|Last Tycoon 88: ‘You mean she was a tart?’ ‘So it seems. She went to what you call call-houses.’.|
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 112: She ran a ten dollar joint. And for the call trade, she charged thirty bucks.|
|Mr Madam (1967) 21: He informed me he was operating a male callhouse.|
|Maledicta IX 144: Or perhaps they work out of an escort service or male call-house (bullring camp, hardware shop, the latter emphasizing the necessary horn, US hard-on).|