watering place

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watering place (plural watering places)

  1. A place where water may be obtained, e.g. for a ship or for cattle.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      The station of the little watering-place was almost deserted, but a small, fat man in a fur overcoat ran forward to meet them, and greeted them warmly.
  2. A place where there are springs of medicinal water, or a place by the sea, or by some large body of water, that people visit for bathing, recreation, boating, etc.
    • 1913, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt[2]:
      "You should drop all work instantly, Challenger, and take three months in a German watering-place," said he.
    • 1940 May, H. Fayle, “The Bessbrook & Newry Tramway”, in Railway Magazine, page 285:
      Newry [...] cannot be described as a tourist centre, though it is only six miles from the well-known watering place of Warrenpoint.
    • 2020 July 29, Dr Joseph Brennan, “Railways that reach out over the waves”, in Rail, page 49:
      At 2,248 feet in length, the pier was designed to meet the needs of steamers, with the town a popular watering-place among Victorian and Edwardian visitors.
  3. (informal) A place where alcohol is sold and consumed; a bar.