disorderly house

House or place where residents or inhabitants behave in such a manner as to become a nuisance to the neighborhood. One where acts are performed which tend to corrupt morals of community or promote breaches of peace. Payne v. U. S., D.C.Mun. App., 171 A.2d 509, 511.
It has a wide meaning, and includes bawdy houses, gambling houses, houses of prostitution and places of a like character. At common law, it was misdemeanor to keep such house. Burgess v. Johnson, 223 Ga. 427, 156 S.E.2d 78.
Under current laws, such activity, generally, would constitute a breach of the peace or disorderly conduct. The specific acts (e.g. prostitution) might also be crimes

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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