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Brooklyn Bridge

a suspension bridge over the East River, in New York City, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn: built 1867–84. 5989 feet (1825 meters) long. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of the famous structures in the country is the Brooklyn Bridge, which was completed and opened for traffic May 24, 1883.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • She could have hurled two men off Brooklyn Bridge with one hand.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • In ten minutes you long for the comparative ease of the rush-hour at Brooklyn Bridge.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • But for those who go by way of Brooklyn Bridge they may still be of some value.

    Post-Impressions Simeon Strunsky
  • By the time Bert had crossed the old Brooklyn Bridge, he had lost sight of all his competitors.

Brooklyn Bridge in Culture

Brooklyn Bridge definition

A suspension bridge built between Manhattan and Brooklyn in the late nineteenth century; Manhattan and Brooklyn are today two boroughs of New York City. At the time of its completion, the Brooklyn Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge.

Note: The Brooklyn Bridge is mentioned in several common expressions about the sale of the bridge by one person to another (the bridge is actually public property). A person who “could sell someone the Brooklyn Bridge” is persuasive; a person who “tries to sell the Brooklyn Bridge” is extremely dishonest; a person who “would buy the Brooklyn Bridge” is gullible.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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