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bil·lings·gate

 (bĭl′ĭngz-gāt′, -gĭt)
n.
Foul, abusive language.

[After Billingsgate, a former fish market in London, England.]

Billingsgate

(ˈbɪlɪŋɡzˌɡeɪt)
n
(Placename) 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

billingsgate

(ˈbɪlɪŋzˌɡeɪt)
n
obscene or abusive language
[C17: after Billingsgate, which was notorious for such language]

bil•lings•gate

(ˈbɪl ɪŋzˌgeɪt; esp. Brit. -gɪt)

n.
coarse or vulgar abusive language.
[1645–55; orig. the kind of speech said to be heard at Billingsgate, a London fish market at the gate of the same name]

billingsgate

coarse, vulgar, violent, or abusive language. [Allusion to the scurrilous language used in Billingsgate market, London.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.billingsgate - foul-mouthed or obscene abusebillingsgate - foul-mouthed or obscene abuse  
contumely, insult, revilement, vilification, abuse - a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"

billingsgate

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