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bear garden

a place for keeping or exhibiting bears, especially (formerly) for bearbaiting.
a place or scene of tumult.
Origin of bear garden
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The bear garden is not hyphenated when used in titles but is hyphenated within the text.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • A familiar instance of the last phase is to be seen at the bear garden, Banbury.

    Edge Hill Edwin Walford
  • The world is complaining that the House was turned into a bear garden.

    Lord Chatham Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
  • The history of the human race is the diary of a bear garden.

    Painted Windows Harold Begbie
  • There were seats, at half a crown and upwards, for the quality; the neighbourhood of the bear garden was infested by thieves.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899 George A. Aitken
  • Is it to turn the Senate into a bear garden, where Senators cannot associate on terms which ought to prevail between gentlemen?

  • All she wants is to turn the place into a bear garden and spoil the whole election.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • In 1613 the bear garden was torn down, and a new and handsomer structure erected in its place.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • The old bear garden was beginning to show signs of decay, and, doubtless, would soon have to be rebuilt.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • The bear garden, always her favourite resort, had made her acquainted with all the divers and rumpads of the town.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
British Dictionary definitions for bear garden

bear garden

(formerly) a place where bears were exhibited and where bear-baiting took place
a place or scene of tumult and disorder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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