Barbary Coast

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Barbary Coast the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
    • n Barbary Coast 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) "we'll tolerate no Barbary Coast in this city!"
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Usage

In literature:

And then the scene on the Barbary Coast of San Francisco, where Fenton finds Ellina Ray, the broken-down star of London musical comedy.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
At last the ship put into harbour on the coast of Barbary, where the only people are the Moors.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
This holy person is quite humanized, and talks freely of the politics of the Barbary coast.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
Nor must it be supposed that Egypt, like the Barbary coast, will, into whose hands soever it falls, change its religious aspect.
"The Future of Islam" by Wilfred Scawen Blunt
In 1613, Bishop and a few other English seamen set up as pirates at Marmora on the Barbary Coast.
"The Pirates' Who's Who" by Philip Gosse
Among the damsels was one who had come from the Barbary coast with the queen.
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
Was to sink them in the sea, Down on the coast of High Barbarie.
"An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation" by Thorstein Veblen
The ship, with the cat on board, was a long time at sea; and was at last driven by the winds on a part of the coast of Barbary.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
He found a squalid wine-shop in the quarter just below the Barbary Coast.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Chiefly found on the coasts of Barbary.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

"Gawd!" said a gal o' the Barbary Coast —
She was dancin' wi' me —
"Is it true, lad, that Larry, young Larry, was lost
From his ship out at sea?"
"Sailor's Mourner" by Bill Adams
Returning on the coast of Barbary pause,
Amid a race who own Mahomet's laws:
By far more civilized, as travellers tell,
Than other nations near to which they dwell.
"Enigma XIV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
The wind began to thunder and the sea began to rise,
And they crept upon the captain and they took him by surprise:
They took him by the breeches and they hove him in the sea —
All along the coast of Barbarie!
"The Coast Of Barbary-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
The boatswain and the master's mate they served too the same,
Likewise the Moorish seamen they quickly over-came:
They clapped them under hatches where the rats and beetles be —
All along the coast of Barbarie!
"The Coast Of Barbary-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
But the captive English mariners each to the other said,
'We will not live in bondage, it were better to be dead!
Let us bide our time, and strike our blow for blessed liberty —
All along the coast of Barbarie!'
"The Coast Of Barbary-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
She was taken by a galley with a crew of turbaned Moors,
Who shave men's crowns, and scourge them, and chain them to their oars,
Till they wear their lives out at the last in hard captivity —
All along the coast of Barbarie!
"The Coast Of Barbary-2" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

(Chris Detrick The Salt Lake Tribune) Members of The Fryed Brothers Band perform at Barbary Coast Saloon on Aug 2, 2012.
Discover the real-life, 17th-century pirates of the Barbary Coast in author/historian Adrian Tinniswood's new book.
You may have seen the bronze, compasslike Barbary Coast Trail plaques embedded in sidewalks around the city.
The Barbary Coast is the town's most colorful watering hole.
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