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Scotland Yard

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noun
  1. a short street in central London, England: formerly the site of the London police headquarters, which were removed 1890 to a Thames embankment (New Scotland Yard).
  2. the metropolitan police of London, especially the branch engaged in crime detection.

Origin of Scotland Yard

First recorded in 1860–65
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Historical Examples

  • "They're too clever for us, sir," Mr. Carter remarked to one of the Scotland-Yard officials.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • There has not hitherto been a political department in Scotland-yard.

  • But the choicest spot in all Scotland-yard was the old public-house in the corner.

    Sketches by Boz

    Charles Dickens

  • What was to become of the coal-barges—of the trade of Scotland-yard—of the very existence of its population?

    Sketches by Boz

    Charles Dickens

  • Improvement began to march with rapid strides to the very threshold of Scotland-yard.

    Sketches by Boz

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for scotland yard

Scotland Yard

noun
  1. the headquarters of the police force of metropolitan London, controlled directly by the British Home Office and hence having certain national responsibilitiesOfficial name: New Scotland Yard
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Word Origin and History for scotland yard

Scotland Yard

n.

used for "London Metropolitan Police," 1864, from the name of short street off Whitehall, London; where from 1829 to 1890 stood the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Force, hence, the force itself, especially the detective branch. After 1890, located in "New Scotland Yard."

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