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kerb-crawling Line breaks: kerb-crawling

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Definition of kerb-crawling in English:


[mass noun] British
The action or practice of driving slowly along the edge of the road in search of a prostitute: measures to control kerb-crawling
More example sentences
  • When Milan outlawed kerb-crawling in 1998, prostitutes put on running shoes and jogged alongside prospective clients' cars, negotiating their prices.
  • The MP said she feared that the plan to make kerb-crawling illegal could force prostitutes to disperse even more, putting their safety further at risk.
  • What's the point if you don't tackle kerb-crawling and prostitution?


Pronunciation: /ˈkəːbˌkrɔːlə/
Example sentences
  • The Home Office is also drawing up plans to crack down on pimps and kerb-crawlers.
  • Police will also be targeting kerb-crawlers and prostitutes in the town's red-light district as well as beggars who pester people for money.
  • I would say that by the third night there were still a lot of women around the red light areas, but considerably fewer kerb-crawlers.
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