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gin mill

[jin] /dʒɪn/
noun, Slang.
a bar or saloon, especially a cheap or disreputable one.
Origin of gin mill
1860-65, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I, who went into the gin-mill with the other sailors, was foolish enough to drink, and was drugged and crimped as they were.

  • You've no business in this House; you belong in a gin-mill!'

  • He was in a gin-mill near the City Hall then, and I lost him some way.

    The Lash Olin L. Lyman
  • Soon I saw him go into the gin-mill, the crowd following him, and the noise of voices grew louder.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • I got him into a gin-mill, however, and he told how badly treated he had been just before we met.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • An' at last we all pull up before a gin-mill an' one captain says, 'Where's the sergeant?'

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • He had been gin-mill keeper, hotel proprietor, and theatrical manager, and had saved money.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • The synagogue was on the first floor, and on the ground floor was a gin-mill, run by an ex-Central Office man.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • An English gin-mill and probably an American bar causes more besotment than a dozen French cafés.

  • "It does them as much good to let me take it as to chuck it over a gin-mill bar," he explained.

    On Canada's Frontier Julian Ralph
Slang definitions & phrases for gin-mill

gin mill

noun phrase

A saloon; barroom; tavern: There still are some boobs, alas, who'd like the old-time gin-mill back/ In some gin mill where they know the bartender

[1860+; certainly influenced by gin mill, ''cotton mill where a cotton gin is used'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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