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gin palace

noun
  1. (formerly) a gaudy drinking house
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Examples from the Web for gin palace

Historical Examples

  • What should we think if Westminster Abbey became a gin-palace?

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • I had never heard of gin before, nor ever seen a gin-palace.

  • That a local preacher should go direct from the vestry to the gin-palace and there drink ale with a strolling player!

  • Rivalry between Museum and Gin-palace one can contemplate hopefully.

  • These out-of-the-way streets were quiet now, but not deserted; now and then I passed the blaze of a gin-palace.

    Willing to Die

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu