Billingsgate language
foul or abusive language from Billingsgate, where the notorius fishwomen assemble to purchase fish

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • billingsgate — 1670s, the kind of coarse, abusive language once used by women in the Billingsgate market on the River Thames below London Bridge. Billingsgate is the market where the fishwomen assemble to purchase fish; and where, in their dealings and disputes …   Etymology dictionary

  • Billingsgate — Bil lings*gate , n. 1. A market near the Billings gate in London, celebrated for fish and foul language. [1913 Webster] 2. Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language; vituperation; ribaldry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • billingsgate — [bil′iŋz gāt΄, bil′iŋzgit] n. [after a London fish market, notorious for foul language] foul, vulgar, abusive talk …   English World dictionary

  • Billingsgate Fish Market — Situated now in East London, Billingsgate Fish Market is the United Kingdom s largest inland fish market. It takes its name from Billingsgate, a ward in the south east of the City of London, where the riverside market was originally… …   Wikipedia

  • Billingsgate — infobox UK place official name= Ward of Billingsgate map type= Greater London country= England region= London london borough= City of London latitude= 51.50864 longitude= 0.08205 os grid reference= TQ332806 post town= LONDON postcode area= EC… …   Wikipedia

  • billingsgate — /bil ingz gayt / or, esp. Brit., / git/, n. coarsely or vulgarly abusive language. [1645 55; orig. the kind of speech often heard at Billingsgate, a London fish market at the gate of the same name] Syn. vituperation, vilification, invective,… …   Universalium

  • Billingsgate —    foul language    The language was once used by the women sellers of fish, rather than by the male porters, in the London market which was closed in 1982. According to Dryden , Parnassus spoke the cant of Billingsgate , and in modern use:     …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • billingsgate — /ˈbɪlɪŋzgeɪt/ (say bilingzgayt) noun Chiefly British coarse language or abuse. {originally the kind of language heard at Billingsgate, an area in central London} …   Australian English dictionary

  • billingsgate — noun Etymology: Billingsgate, old gate and fish market, London, England Date: 1652 coarsely abusive language Synonyms: see abuse …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • billingsgate — noun profane, abusive language; coarse words You wouldnt have believed the billingsgate which poured forth from that boys mouth …   Wiktionary

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