Definitions

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  • proper n. Tammany Hall, a building near Union Square in New York City, formerly headquarters for the New York County Democratic Party.
  • proper n. The nickname of the New York County Democratic Party, until the success of reform elements in the 1970s.
  • proper n. A style of corrupt democratic politics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a political organization within the Democratic Party in New York City (late 1800's and early 1900's) seeking political control by corruption and bossism

Etymologies

Tamanend or Tammany was a chief of part of the Lenni-Lenape nation in the Delaware Valley who became a hero to the colonists and gave his name to organizations throughout the American colonies beginning in 1772. One was New York City's Society of St. Tammany, which became the New York County Democratic Party organization. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • LAMB: You talk in the book about the name Tammany, where it came from.

    Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

  • The district leaders are were all the Sachems of Tammany Hall, and the members of Tammany were called the Tammany Braves, and they would parade around town with war paint on.

    Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

  • His activity gave him strength, and his loyalty to the Martling Men, now known as Tammany, supplied him with backers enough to keep him continuously in office for thirty years.

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • At the conclusion of the roll-call the Tammany tellers, adding the aggregate vote to suit the needs of the occasion, pronounced the motion carried, while others declared it lost.

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • Washington's inauguration, an organization which was called the Tammany

    The Story of Manhattan

  • Chief of Police in some great city has been found to be the head of a gang of international assassins, that things called Tammany and graft and saloons flourish there without let or hindrance, had attracted me to the United States.

    Nonsenseorship

  • We shall have to fight it no one can tell how often or how long; for just as surely as we let up for ever so little a while, and Tammany, which is always waiting without, gets its foot between the door and the jamb, the old blackmail rears its head once more.

    VI. In Mulberry Street

  • He was, I believe, drawn by an American artist, and his face and clothes had a vaguely American appearance, which, in the region of subconscious association, further suggested to most onlookers the idea of Tammany

    Human Nature in Politics Third Edition

  • At the dawn of the 20th century, New York had been run for more than a generation by the corrupt Democratic political machine known as Tammany Hall.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Organizations such as Tammany in New York City are founded on

    The Promise of American Life

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