Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A place where alcoholic beverages are sold illegally; a speakeasy.

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  • noun A speakeasy
  • noun slang A drug joint, where illegal sale of intoxicant drugs happens

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After the early custom of exhibiting animal curiosities in speakeasies.]

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