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speakeasy

[speek-ee-zee] /ˈspikˌi zi/
noun, plural speakeasies.
1.
a saloon or nightclub selling alcoholic beverages illegally, especially during Prohibition.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; speak + easy
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Examples from the web for speakeasy
  • They were trying to get to a party at a former speakeasy, where gangsters had gone to war against one another.
  • The speakeasy aura also extends to grittier establishments.
  • Plaintiff fled the speakeasy when the shooting started.
British Dictionary definitions for speakeasy

speakeasy

/ˈspiːkˌiːzɪ/
noun (pl) -easies
1.
(US) a place where alcoholic drink was sold illicitly during Prohibition
Word Origin
C19: from speak + easy (in the sense: gently, quietly)
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Word Origin and History for speakeasy
n.

"unlicensed saloon," 1889 (in New York "Voice"), from speak + easy; so called from the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police and neighbors. The word gained wide currency in U.S. during Prohibition (1920-1932). In early 19c. Irish and British dialect, a speak softly shop meant "smuggler's den."

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Slang definitions & phrases for speakeasy

spazzed out

adjective phrase

spaced-out: A couple of spazzed out bikers (1980s+)


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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speakeasy in Technology


Simple array-oriented language with numerical integration and differentiation, graphical output, aimed at statistical analysis.
["Speakeasy", S. Cohen, SIGPLAN Notices 9(4), (Apr 1974)].
["Speakeasy-3 Reference Manual", S. Cohen et al. 1976].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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