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edifice complex

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The keen desire of public and educational administrators to build buildings: NY Gov. Nelson Rockefeller's edifice complex left a legacy of overly large and torpid buildings around the state

[1940s+; a pun on Freud's 1890s Oedipus complex]

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