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Tammany Hall

a Democratic political organization in New York City, founded in 1789 as a fraternal benevolent society (Tammany Society) and associated especially in the late 1800s and early 1900s with corruption and abuse of power.
the building in which the Tammany organization had its headquarters.
Origin of Tammany Hall
named after Tammany (variant of Tamanen, Tammenund), 17th-century Delaware Indian chief, later facetiously canonized as patron saint of U.S. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Tammany Hall has warned that this man is extremely dangerous.

    Mutineer Robert J. Shea
  • He's a senator, an' a leader in Tammany Hall, an' he'll be proud of you.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • He seems to suppose that Nationalism is to be executed by Tammany Hall!

    The Arena Various
  • Look at the bosses of Tammany Hall in the last twenty years.

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
  • We've got some orators in Tammany Hall, but they're chiefly ornamental.

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall George Washington Plunkitt
British Dictionary definitions for Tammany Hall

Tammany Hall

(US, politics) the central organization of the Democratic Party in New York county. Originally founded as a benevolent society (Tammany Society) in 1789, Tammany Hall was notorious for the corruption in city and state politics that it fostered in the 19th and early 20th centuries Also called Tammany
Derived Forms
Tammanyism, noun
Tammanyite, noun
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