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billingsgate

[ bil-ingz-geyt or, especially British, -git ]
/ ˈbɪl ɪŋzˌgeɪt or, especially British, -gɪt /
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noun

coarsely or vulgarly abusive language.

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Origin of billingsgate

First recorded in 1645–55; originally the kind of speech often heard at Billingsgate, a London fish market at the gate of the same name
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British Dictionary definitions for billingsgate (1 of 2)

billingsgate
/ (ˈbɪlɪŋzˌɡeɪt) /

noun

obscene or abusive language

Word Origin for billingsgate

C17: after Billingsgate, which was notorious for such language

British Dictionary definitions for billingsgate (2 of 2)

Billingsgate
/ (ˈbɪlɪŋɡzˌɡeɪt) /

noun

the largest fish market in London, on the N bank of the River Thames; moved to new site at Canary Wharf in 1982 and the former building converted into offices
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