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Foul, abusive language.
[After Billingsgate, a former fish market in London, England.]
(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
obscene or abusive language
[C17: after Billingsgate, which was notorious for such language]
bil•lings•gate(ˈbɪl ɪŋzˌgeɪt; esp. Brit. -gɪt)
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]
coarse, vulgar, violent, or abusive language. [Allusion to the scurrilous language used in Billingsgate market, London.]See also: Language
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