American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Burr, Aaron 1756-1836. American politician who became Vice President of the United States (1801-1805) under Thomas Jefferson after a deadlock in the electoral college was broken by the House of Representatives. On July 11, 1804, Burr mortally wounded his rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel and later fled south where he was involved in a mysterious conspiracy to establish an independent nation in Mexico and the Southwest. Tried for treason, he was acquitted for lack of evidence.
- n. A surname.
“And in fact, when Burr is almost elected president, there's a tie in 1800 in the Electoral College, and it has to go to the House, Adams makes it very clear that Burr would be an absolute disaster as president of the United States.”
“She makes some comments to Jefferson, just before they leave Washington and before the inauguration of Jefferson, you know, thanking the stars that Burr is not the next president.”
“What Burr is saying is that he wants to cut off unemployment insurance so that we can have hobos again.”
“Burr is backed by big pharmaceuticals, insurance corporations and by the largest banks in the USA.”
“Burr is now seen by many North Carolinians as damaged goods -- beholden to powerful financial interests, bigoted on gay rights and grasping for corporate handouts to his political campaign.”
“After last week's debate, Burr is still plummeting.”
“Without a word Burr stepped lightly in front of the impudent roustabout, and, delivering a blow, with the dexterity of an expert boxer, knocked him into the river, amid the jeers of his associates, and of the concourse assembled on the shore to see the boat off.”
“Cunningham is the latest potential contender to consider challenging the first-term Burr, but others -- AG”
“You know we couldn't name her Nick because she wasn't a boy, so Bernard called her Burr Bess.”
“In winter it offered wonderful skating; in summer it was a dream of sylvan loveliness, and came to be called Burr's Pond, after that enigmatic genius who later lived in the house.”
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