Barbary Coast definition

  • proper-noun:
    • The Mediterranean area from the coast of North Africa, once notorious as a haven for pirates
    • A waterfront section of bay area at the time of the gold-rush
  • noun:
    • the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that has been famous for its Moorish pirates
    • a part of a city that's notorious for betting dens and brothels and saloons and riotous night life (especially the waterfront of san francisco bay area following the gold-rush of 1849)

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