Barbary Coast


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Barbary Coast

1. The Mediterranean coastal area of Barbary and the Barbary States.
2. A waterfront area of San Francisco, California, in the years after the 1849 gold rush. It was notorious for its gambling dens, saloons, brothels, and disreputable boarding houses.

Barbary Coast

n
(Placename) 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

Bar′bary Coast′


n.
1. the Mediterranean coastline of the former Barbary States.
2. the San Francisco waterfront in the 19th century, notorious for prostitutes, saloons, and gambling houses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Barbary Coast - a part of a city that is notorious for gambling dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of San Francisco after the gold rush of 1849)Barbary Coast - a part of a city that is notorious for gambling dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of San Francisco after the gold rush of 1849); "we'll tolerate no Barbary Coast in this city!"
city district - a district of a town or city
2.Barbary Coast - the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish piratesBarbary Coast - the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
Barbary - a region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and Gibraltar; was used as a base for pirates from the 16th to 19th centuries
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The grizzled ship's steward and the rough-coated Irish terrier quickly became conspicuous figures in the night life of the Barbary Coast of San Francisco.
The Barbary Coast of San Francisco, once the old-time sailor-town in the days when San Francisco was reckoned the toughest port of the Seven Seas, had evolved with the city until it depended for at least half of its earnings on the slumming parties that visited it and spent liberally.
Victor, for instance, said that immediately he landed in San Francisco he would pass right through the water- front and the Barbary Coast, and put an advertisement in the papers.
He had his choice, based on bitter experience, between three days' debauch among the sharks and harpies of the Barbary Coast and a whole winter of wholesome enjoyment and sociability, and there wasn't any doubt of the way he was going to choose.
I am told, on good authority, that on the Barbary coast, a Commodore Davis of the British navy found the skeleton of a sperm whale.
Barbary pirates, which hailed from the Barbary Coast in North Africa had been the scourge of merchant ships and ports.
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In 1801, Thomas Jefferson deployed a small fleet of newly minted American warships to the Barbary Coast to stem the tide of piracy and extortion that was crippling the new nation's trade-based economy.
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