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[belt-wey] /ˈbɛltˌweɪ/
Also called belt highway. a highway around the perimeter of an urban area.
the Beltway, the Washington, D.C., area within the highway that encircles it.
Origin of beltway
First recorded in 1950-55; belt + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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the usual US name for a ring road
(usually with capital)
  1. the people and institutions located in the area bounded by the Washington Beltway, taken to be politically and socially out of touch with the rest of America and much given to political intrigue
  2. (as modifier): Beltway Cassandras
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Word Origin and History for beltway

term in U.S. for a ring highway around an urban area, especially Interstate 495 around Washington, D.C., the Capital Beltway, completed 1964. Figurative for "Washington, D.C., and its culture" for better or worse, since c.1978.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beltway



Connected with the federal government or the huge complex it occupies

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inside the beltway

[1980s+; fr the Beltway, the peripheral Washington, DC, highway that is supposed to help one avoid the city's traffic]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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