Foggy Bottom


Foggy Bottom
noun
United States Department of State, which is housed in a building in a low-lying area of Washington near the Potomac River

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1. a low-lying area bordering the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
2. Informal. the U.S. Department of State, whose office building is located in this area.

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Foggy Bottom,
Informal. the U.S. State Department: »

Somewhere deep in the office caverns of official Washington, the officials of Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon are at odds concerning United States foreign policy (New York Times).

[originally a local name applied to Hamburgh, a town which became part of Washington, D.C., and especially to its swampy southern portion, on which government buildings, including the State Department, were later built]

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noun [singular]
informal : the U.S. Department of State

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Foggy Bottom [Foggy Bottom]
an area of low land in ↑Washington, DC, by the ↑Potomac River, on which the US ↑State Department buildings are situated. The name is also used to refer to the ↑State Department itself, and journalists often joke that this is a good name for the Department, because the information it gives them is ‘foggy’, i.e. not clear.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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