Barbary coast

the Mediterranean coastline of the former Barbary States: former pirate refuge.
the waterfront district of San Francisco in the 19th century, notorious for its cheap bars and nightclubs, prostitutes, gambling houses, and high incidence of crime.
Historical Examples

He found a squalid wine-shop in the quarter just below the Barbary Coast.
The Best Short Stories of 1917 Various

For a time it had been able to obtain supplies from the Barbary Coast.
Gibraltar Henry M. Field

A Welshman who in 1613 was settled on the Barbary Coast with some thirty other British pirates.
The Pirates’ Who’s Who Philip Gosse

A taxi-driver who used to be a newsboy down on the old Barbary Coast.
Vignettes Of San Francisco Almira Bailey

The Barbary Coast was fast gaining for itself an unenviable reputation throughout the world.
Arizona’s Yesterday John H. Cady

He resolved, accordingly, to send an expedition to the Barbary Coast.
History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain William H. Prescott

Sandal, san′dal, n. a long narrow boat used on the Barbary Coast.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various

Early in July, the Ottoman fleet arrived off the Barbary Coast.
History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain William H. Prescott

At his instigation Mazarquiver, a nest of pirates on the Barbary Coast, was taken in September, 1505.
Europe in the Sixteenth Century 1494-1598, Fifth Edition A. H. (Arthur Henry) Johnson

When our little fleet arrived off the Barbary Coast, Morocco and Tunis stopped grumbling and soon came to terms.
Hero Stories from American History Albert F. Blaisdell

the Barbary Coast, a historic name for the Mediterranean coast of North Africa: a centre of piracy against European shipping from the 16th to the 19th centuries


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