meat market n.
1. as a place, usu. for sexual encounters.
(a) (also market) a rendezvous for prostitutes of either sex.
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 30 Aug. 2/1: the meat market. In beef there was a great run upon legs, though buyers kicked rather hard at the shins. [...] Some dabblers in calves went a little above tho ankle, but we did not observe anybody knee-deep in them, and mutton is hooked up all over the city.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 43: Boucherie, f. A brothel; ‘a meat-market’.|
|DAUL 136/1: Market. The rendezvous of male oral sodomists and pederasts — with robbery and extortion as an indirect objective of youths frequenting these sections.et al.|
|Lavender Lex. n.p.: meat market:– A gathering place on a street or park where hustlers and prostitutes gather in search for a paying customer. Also the gathering place for amateurs in competition with the professionals. This is usually a fence or a wall where the individuals can pose to best display their qualifications.|
|America’s Homosexual Underground 30: A dark corner of the beach known as ‘the meat market.’ It is little more than an open air brothel.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 6: The meat market. Whores working naked under clear plastic raincoats.|
(b) (US) any situation or place where people are regarded as commodities, such as a recruiting agency or a modelling agency.
|Mister Jelly Roll (1952) 118: They gave us a hundred days on the county gang [...] When the inmates on the gang saw us, they hollered ‘New meat in the market!’ They jumped on us and took our money and cigarettes.|
(c) anywhere that people gather for the primary purpose of finding sexual partners, often used in universities to describe first-year parties.
|Entertainer 18: Every tart and pansy boy in the district are in that place [...] It’s just a meat-market .|
|see sense 1a above.|
|AS XLV:1/2 58: meat market n Street on which homosexuals gather, cruise, and pick up tricks.‘Homosexual Sl.’ in|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 4: meat market – place where members of the opposite sex are plentiful and available.|
|Llama Parlour 172: Your best friend is baring all for one of the tackiest meat market magazines in the whole of the Western world.|
|Filth 145: Aw aye, I say, looking disdainfully around the meat market.|
|Gayle 82/1: meat market n. place where gay men gather to find sex partners – usually bars, and steam baths.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 144: Everywhere else in Edinburgh is such a meat market.|
(d) in fig. use, the world of commercial sexuality.
|Oz 6 20/1: Girodias [is] the single most dedicated provider of sexual delicatessen for the Anglo-Saxon mental meat-market.|
2. as a part of the body.
(a) the female breasts.
|DSUE (1984) 730: C.19–20.|
(b) the vagina.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|