- noun a place where sexual intercourse takes place. A phrase which figured in the lyrics of many blues and rock songs until the 1970s. The expression may originally refer to an abattoir, in which case the transposition to a sexual context is evoking brutal carnality. Alternatively, the sexual usage may arise via a sense of a place where punishing work or effort takes place. The phrase was used as the title of a Howling wolf record of the early 1960s.