Brooklyn Bridge


noun

a suspension bridge over the East River, in New York City, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn: built 1867–84. 5,989 feet (1,825 meters) long.

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Cultural definitions for Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

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.

notes for Brooklyn Bridge

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.
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