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  • proper n. The Mediterranean region off the coast of North Africa, once notorious as a haven for pirates
  • proper n. A waterfront area of San Francisco at the time of the gold rush

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  • n. the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
  • 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)


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  • And before he went to his late lunch, Doctor Emory was away in his machine and down into the Barbary Coast to the door of the Bowhead Lodging House.


  • Still, though the Barbary Coast might have been shut down and the Chinese district cleansed of its more noxious corners, this remained, I had been assured, a ‘wide open town’.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • That first meeting in the Barbary Coast cabaret, Michael had bristled at him, and stiffened belligerently, when he laid his hand on Michael's head.


  • The whole of the Barbary Coast is honeycombed with subcellars and tunnels, almost as bad as Chinatown.



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