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The Mediterranean coastal area of Barbary and the Barbary States.
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A waterfront area of San Francisco, California, in the years after the 1849 gold rush. It was notorious for its gambling dens, saloons, brothels, and disreputable boarding houses.
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(place) Coastal region of N Africa, extending from Egypt to the Atlantic, inhabited chiefly by Berbers and once (until early 19th cent.) dominated by pirates.
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(place) The waterfront district in San Francisco from the gold rush of 1849 to the earthquake of 1906, known for its saloons, gambling places, & brothels.
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The Mediterranean region off the coast of North Africa, once notorious as a haven for pirates.
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(by extension) A waterfront area of San Francisco at the time of the gold rush.
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