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on the coast

[referring to the west coast of Africa] phr., Obs. in the slave trade (euphemism): 1888 He was then for a time "on the coast" as it is called, a polite form of saying a man has been in the slave trade on the West Coast of Africa (Powles 281).

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Last update: 2010-11-09 04:34
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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