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Word of the Day – Shebeen

By August 25, 2019Word of the Day

Shebeen (noun)

she-been

(especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa) an unlicensed establishment or private house selling alcohol and typically regarded as slightly disreputable.

Late 18th century from Anglo-Irish síbín, from séibe ‘mugful’.

Example sentences

“No one spoke about it but everyone knew she was running a shebeen from the house.”

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