billingsgate Fish Market was not half so wicked as I had heard.
"That'll do, Forsythe," said Sampson, interrupting the flow of billingsgate.
He was not a pious bird—belonging to Slivers, he could hardly be expected to be—and his language was redolent of billingsgate.
They talk forever and forever, and that is the kind of billingsgate they use.
That scorns to stoop to billingsgate, or ape the bold bargee.
Lady Mallowe's temper was as elemental as any billingsgate could provide.
Or why are we to be attacked first with cannon on one side, and then with billingsgate on the other side of this vexed question?
It is time to go away, and soon billingsgate will be nearly desolate.
Steam carriers collect the fish from the fleets around the coast and deliver them packed in ice at billingsgate every night.
The anecdote of Dr. Johnson and the billingsgate virago is well known.
1670s, the kind of coarse, abusive language once used by women in the Billingsgate market on the River Thames below London Bridge.
Billingsgate is the market where the fishwomen assemble to purchase fish; and where, in their dealings and disputes they are somewhat apt to leave decency and good manners a little on the left hand. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1811]The place name is Old English Billingesgate, "gate of (a man called) Billing;" the "gate" probably being a gap in the Roman river wall. The market is mid-13c., not exclusively a fish market until late 17c.