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Bankside

Part of the borough of Southwark, noted in the time of Shakespeare for its theatres and retreats of the demi—monde, called “Sisters of the Bank.”

“Come, I will send for a whole coach or two of Bankside ladies, and we will be jovial.” —Randolph: The Muses' Looking Glass.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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