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

  • A river, 156 km (97 mi) long, of southeast Scotland forming part of the Scottish-English border. It flows eastward to the North Sea and has rich salmon fisheries.
  • Tweed, William Marcy Known as "Boss Tweed.” 1823-1878. American politician. The Democratic boss of New York City in the 1860s, he defrauded the city of millions of dollars before being exposed and convicted (1873).


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  • However, he denied that Tweed is to be paid millions, adding, it's going to be a cheap exclusive for 'Yay!'

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  • Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed is to remarry following a whirlwind romance, we can exclusively reveal.

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  • The Department of Education can briefly and appropriately be referred to as Tweed, referencing its abode at 52 Chambers Street, a building whose construction enriched the Democratic county leader at the time to an extent unmatched until the advent of CityTime 140 years later.

    Henry J. Stern: Tweed Still at It

  • Yon river is called the Tweed; and yonder, over the brig, is Scotland.


  • Northumberland is a fine county, extending to the Tweed, which is a pleasant pastoral stream; but you will be surprised when I tell you that the English side of that river is neither so well cultivated nor so populous as the other. —

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • A new courthouse (known as the Tweed Courthouse) was later built, just north of City Hall, and the area was transformed into the pristine seat of city government.

    Under City Hall Park

  • Perhaps, knowing what he did about the financial terms Tweed was accustomed to in his Albany transactions, Murphy concluded that he and the other Brooklyn people were getting off easy.

    The Great Bridge

  • The use of this ink in the Police department is said to date from the time of Tweed, which is significant of the original purpose for which it was adopted.

    Forty Centuries of Ink

  • Your Majesty's subjects north and south of the Tweed are all "at sixes and sevens" as to what should be the law.

    A Letter to the Queen on Lord Chancellor Cransworth's Marriage and Divorce Bill

  • The Tweed is a clear, rippling river, with a white, pebbly bottom, just like our New England mountain streams.

    Sunny Memories Of Foreign Lands, Volume 1


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