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Feb 17, 2010
This week's theme
Words with London connections

This week's words
billingsgate
Star Chamber
Fleet Street
Grub Street
bedlam

Fleet Street
Fleet Street
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Fleet Street

PRONUNCIATION:
(fleet street)

MEANING:
noun: The British press.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Fleet Street in London, once the center of British journalism. Even though most of the news agencies have moved away from the street, its name continues to be synonymous with the British newspaper industry. The street is named after the River Fleet, now flowing underground.

USAGE:
"Welcome to the liveliest fight on Fleet Street. In the blue corner, we have Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp. In the red corner, Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian. Each wants to knock out the other's vision of the future of journalism."
Eric Pfanner; Free vs. Paid, Murdoch vs. Rusbridger; The New York Times; Feb 7, 2010.

See more usage examples of fleet street in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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