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  • n. Plural form of purlieu.


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  • The first real test is that of spending a long and arduous evening in the alehouses and outer purlieus of London, and here it has to be in the company of Dickens and nobody else.

    The Dark Side of Dickens

  • Outside the cabin windows, Rehaek saw the densely clustered lights of central Ki Baratan slip behind as the airpod sped toward the purlieus of the city.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

  • It was a time of religious excitement in the purlieus of Honolulu.


  • He invited me to Sky's gaff in the purlieus of west London to feel the magic but, as that would have involved a round trip of 400 miles and there was no guarantee the white wine and canapés would not be hidden behind a paywall, I passed and made arrangements closer to home.

    Sky's 3D golf coverage leaves sales pitch out in the rain

  • The evidence may be found all around, if you know where to look in the purlieus, of nuts opened up like so many hard-boiled eggs and the contents sucked from within like the soft centre of a fine chocolate.

    Best of Times,Worst of Times

  • The 140-seat super-lounge brings classic, simple food from France and other food-friendly purlieus to the Bowery.

    A New York Spin on French Classics

  • Thou canst show him the way also, in case he requires thy guidance, though thou mayst have observed it is wonderful how familiar he already seems to be with the purlieus of our camp. —

    The Talisman

  • Marseilles; but danger does not haunt the purlieus of a narrow provincial stage.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • The ‘harmonic meetings’ at some fourth – rate public – house, or the purlieus of a private theatre, are his chosen haunts; he entertains a rooted antipathy to any kind of work, and is on familiar terms with several pantomime men at the large houses.

    Sketches by Boz

  • Kings, over which is the corridor Saint – Louis, as it is called, leading to the various purlieus of the Court of Appeals.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life


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