Barbary Coast


noun

the Mediterranean coastline of the former Barbary States: former pirate refuge.
the waterfront district of San Francisco in the 19th century, notorious for its cheap bars and nightclubs, prostitutes, gambling houses, and high incidence of crime.

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British Dictionary definitions for Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast

noun

the Barbary Coast a historic name for the Mediterranean coast of North Africa: a centre of piracy against European shipping from the 16th to the 19th centuries
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