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barbary coast

  • n  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)
  • n  the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
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  • Waterfront spot where the drinks had a brutal chaser
    Today the Embarcadero is a lively promenade, filled with locals and tourists enjoying the bay vistas. For the next year or two, he would labor under harsh conditions, eating bad food, protected by no laws or regulations, his life subject to the whims of the captain and the mate. According to Herbert Asbury in "The Barbary Coast," Miss Piggott was a ferocious old woman who operated a saloon and ...
    Nov. 9, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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