A bear-garden; a noisy, disorderly place. In allusion to the
bear-garden so called on the Thames bank-side, kept by Robert de
Paris in the reign of Richard II.
“Do you take the court for a Paris-garden?” —Shakespeare: Henry
VIII., v. 3.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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