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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any place where riotous conduct is common or permitted.
  • n. etc. See under Bear, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place where bears are kept for the diversion of spectators. The bear-garden in London in Elizabeth's reign was also called Paris-garden and bear's-college.
  • n. Figuratively, any place of tumult or disorder.

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