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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bank of a River.
Stand with your back to the source, and face to the sea or outlet: the left bank is on your left, and right bank on your right hand.   1
   Sisters of the Bank, i.e. of the bankside, “the brothel quarter” of London. Now removed to a different quarter, and divided into “North” and “South.”   2
        “On this side of the Banke was sometimes the bordello or stewes.”—Stow: Survey.



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