A bear garden is a place full of noisy people who are disagreeing and arguing, or behaving boisterously.
This idiom has its origins in the Elizabethan Bear Garden on the banks of the River Thames in England: a structure where bears were made to fight with dogs for the entertainment of a crowd of noisy spectators.
Examples of use:
1. The centre of the town has many new pubs and clubs. It's a bear garden at night.
2. We live next to a football stadium and our street becomes a bear garden after the football matches have finished.
Note: Elizabethan (adjective) – of the reign of Elizabeth 1st of England (1558-1603)
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