shebeen, an unlicensed place where spirituous liquors are illegally sold.
"'Twas at Micky's shebeen that they had the first encounther wid the inimy," said old Martin.
shebeen or sheebeen; an unlicensed public-house or alehouse where spirits are sold on the sly.
A reconciliation took place, and in due time it was determined that Peter, as he understood poteen, should open a shebeen house.
The gabble and laugh were again heard loud and hearty, and the public and shebeen houses once more became crowded.
There was a bitter taste in his mouth, and a pain in his ear where somebody'd hit him during a shebeen brawl the night before.
Schele de Vere derives it from the French cabane, but it seems rather more likely that it is from the Irish shebeen.
On reaching St. John's he would go to a shebeen that he knew, in a narrow and secluded back street, and there rent a room.
In this lane at the time to which we allude the widow Mulready kept the shebeen shop, of which mention has before been made.
"cabin where unlicensed liquor is sold and drunk," 1781, chiefly in Ireland and Scotland, from Irish seibin "small mug," also "bad ale," diminutive of seibe "mug, bottle, liquid measure." The word immigrated and persisted in South African and West Indian English.