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  1. A surname.

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the Downs

  1. (Sussex) The South Downs.
    Let's go for a walk on the Downs.
  2. A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war.
    • 1771, James Cook, diary:
      On the 11th [June, 1771] we run up the channel [] at noon we were abreast of Dover, and about three came to an anchor in the Downs, and went ashore at Deal.
  3. (UK, slang, obsolete, historical) Tothill Fields Bridewell, a prison located in the Westminster area of central London between 1618 and 1884.


  • (Tothill Fields Bridewell): John Camden Hotten (1873) The Slang Dictionary

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