Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun British journalism.

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  • proper noun A street in Westminster that runs from Ludgate Hill to the Strand, formerly the centre of English journalism.
  • proper noun by extension English journalism or journalists as a group.

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

  • noun a street in central London where newspaper offices are situated
  • noun British journalism

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Fleet Street , in central London, long the headquarters for many British newspaper publishers.]

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From the (now underground) River Fleet, over which much of Fleet Street runs.

Examples

  • The controversies that have marked out the News of the World for at least 20 years as a paper distinct from every other in what we still call Fleet Street have yet to be resolved.

    Phone hacking: the questions left unanswered

  • Fleet Street, which is the name of a road that used to be home to many of the U.K. newspaper publishers, is used to refer to the newspaper industry generally.

    U.K. Police to Reopen Phone-Hacking Probe

  • Mr. Crone was an old hand at News International, where he made a name on Fleet Street defending the company's racy tabloids in court.

    Two Tabloid Officials Dispute Testimony

  • The people responsible for that storm -- in what used to be called Fleet Street and what is still called Westminster -- are now the self-styled investigators, trying to pin the blame on somebody else.

    Diplomatic Diary: The End Of The Crown Princes

  • The one thing that can be guaranteed, and is an even safer bet than that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning, is that every newspaper in what used to be called Fleet Street will review your book.

    August 2004

  • The one thing that can be guaranteed, and is an even safer bet than that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning, is that every newspaper in what used to be called Fleet Street will review your book.

    Archive 2004-08-01

  • The one thing that can be guaranteed, and is an even safer bet than that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning, is that every newspaper in what used to be called Fleet Street will review your book.

    Andrew Crumey: Mobius Dick

  • Steel could work with the passion flowers above his head and the tender grace of the tropical ferns about him, and he could reach his left hand for his telephone and call Fleet Street to his ear.

    The Crimson Blind

  • In Fleet Street, which is connected with the wires of the world, there was a feverish activity.

    The Soul of the War

  • Or, if you will, you may call Fleet Street cosy, and the Fleet Prison cosy.

    All Things Considered

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