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waterfront

[waw-ter-fruhnt, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌfrʌnt, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun
1.
land on the edge of a body of water.
2.
a part of a city or town on such land; wharf or dock section.
3.
a container placed before a stove to heat water.
Origin of waterfront
1760-1770
1760-70, Americanism; water + front
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  • It seemed that all Delaware colony must be at the waterfront.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • The waterfront was empty, swept clean of all that I disliked.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Gradually it came to Dan that he was being driven to the waterfront.

  • On walks along the waterfront he would treat it all like a graveyard.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The wide thoroughfare running along the waterfront presented a scene of bewildering confusion.

    The Secret Wireless Lewis E. Theiss
British Dictionary definitions for waterfront

waterfront

/ˈwɔːtəˌfrʌnt/
noun
1.
the area of a town or city alongside a body of water, such as a harbour or dockyard
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Word Origin and History for waterfront
n.

1856, from water (n.1) + front (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for waterfront
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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Idioms and Phrases with waterfront
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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