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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