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gin mill

[jin] /dʒɪn/
noun, Slang.
a bar or saloon, especially a cheap or disreputable one.
Origin of gin mill
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Slippery's seen a M. P. nosin' around in front of the gin mill.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • Well, I saw two men pick him up an take him inter the gin mill.

  • He just had to blow off steam so he did it in a gin mill rather than a rolling mill.

    Laugh and Live Douglas Fairbanks
  • He meant be that, that if money was plenty enough f'r him to get some without wurrukin', he'd open a gin mill.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War

    Finley Peter Dunne
  • The sober who drank from his free "Waterworks," and the giddy ones who imbibed at his "gin mill," equally criticised him.

  • Anyway, we was raisin' hell round Strasburg, an' I went into a gin mill down a flight of steps.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • And when we was in port at Havre I dropped in at a gin mill down by the water front and he come up and touched me on the arm.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
Slang definitions & phrases for gin mill

gin mill

noun phrase

A saloon; barroom; tavern: There still are some boobs, alas, who'd like the old-time gin-mill back/ In some gin mill where they know the bartender

[1860+; certainly influenced by gin mill, ''cotton mill where a cotton gin is used'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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