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  • n. 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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Examples

  • Our State Department is called Foggy Bottom for a reason - we send our worst there.

    Do Us A Favor, Pakistanis!

  • MORTON: In 2003 he suggested a small nuclear blast to shake up the State Department, whose building is in a Washington neighborhood called Foggy Bottom - quote -- "Maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up like Newt Gingrich wants to do" -- unquote.

    CNN Transcript Aug 23, 2005

  • A nickname for the United States Department of State, whose offices were built in a formerly swampy area of Washington, D.C., known as Foggy Bottom because of vapors rising from the swamp.

    Foggy Bottom

  • All the streets in Foggy Bottom were jammed, and Pennsylvania Avenue and M Street were no better, especially because many people were heading for the Key Bridge to go to Virginia.

    David de Sola: Remembering 9/11 a Decade Later

  • So the place to be Tuesday night for anyone interested in new music or the cello - or just innovative thinking in general - was St. Mary's Church in Foggy Bottom, where Uitti showed why she might be the most interesting cellist on the planet.

    Cellist Frances-Marie Uitti gives virtuoso performance in D.C.

  • Justice Department officials said Arbabsiar approached an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in Mexico and inquired about his knowledge of explosives and the possibility of targeting the Saudi embassy in D.C., located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, near the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and across the street from the Watergate office and residential complex.

    Terror Plot Disrupted

  • While Bolton eventually received a recess appointment from President Bush, his Senate confirmation battle offered a disturbing preview of what the world might look like with Bolton calling the foreign policy shots from Foggy Bottom.

    Josh Horwitz: Foreign Policy by the NRA? The Prospect of Gingrich and Bolton.

  • Not only would they have an office at the White House, but at Foggy Bottom as well.

    Josh Horwitz: Foreign Policy by the NRA? The Prospect of Gingrich and Bolton.

  • Parents take shuttles that run between the complex on North Roosevelt Boulevard and the State Department's Foggy Bottom headquarters.

    Children of diplomats displaced by strife often caught between two worlds

  • It is eminently possible that a war might look one way from Yale and another way from Foggy Bottom.

    The Contradictions of Harold Koh

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