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Monday, July 17, 2000

Definitions for billingsgate

  1. Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language.

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Citations for billingsgate
Chaney would yell at him in his own particular patois -- an unapologetic stream of billingsgate far more creative than Marine drill instructors or master rappers. George Vecsey, New York Times
Its style is an almost pure Army billingsgate that will offend many readers, although in no sense is it exaggerated: Mr. Mailer's soldiers are real persons, speaking the vernacular of human bitterness and agony. David Dempsey, New York Times
Origin of billingsgate
1645-1655
Billingsgate is so called after Billingsgate, a former market in London celebrated for fish and foul language.