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Bear Garden : Phrases


A state of near chaos, turmoil and confusion in a room or some other similar situation (i.e. a particularly noisy and crowded pub).


What we witnessed in parliament today is nothing but a
Bear Garden.


This phrase comes from the time of Henry VIII when bear baiting was popular, so much so that gardens were actually set aside for the
sport. They were, of course, very noisy and rowdy places.

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