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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.
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(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
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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.
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|Noun||1.||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 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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