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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How to use Barbary Coast in a sentence
When our little fleet arrived off the Barbary Coast, Morocco and Tunis stopped grumbling and soon came to terms.Hero Stories from American History | Albert F. Blaisdell
He and five of his lieutenants had been arrested after an enthusiastic meeting on the Barbary Coast.Port O' Gold | Louis John Stellman
At that time the relations of the United States with the piratical powers of the Barbary Coast were most unsatisfactory.Twelve Naval Captains | Molly Elliot Seawell
He had already, in 1412, three years before the reduction of Ceuta, sent a ship to make discoveries on the Barbary Coast.The Lusiad | Lus de Cames
Both perished here, but some of their crew escaped to the Barbary Coast, and were made slaves.
British Dictionary definitions for Barbary Coast
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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