- (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang. a federal official or law-enforcement officer.
Origin of fed2
- the Fed, Informal. the Federal Reserve System.
- the Federal Reserve Board.
Related Words for fedsjudge, law, expert, detective, force, man, policewoman, constable, police, patrolman, officer, legislature, management, ministry, executive, cabinet, bureau, board, committee, department
Examples from the Web for feds
Contemporary Examples of feds
The Feds are more interesting in finding out who is doing the recruiting rather than punishing those being recruited.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists
December 15, 2014
In 2006, when the feds began interrogating Mehanna, the FBI caught up with Abousamra.Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS
December 13, 2014
When you try to get it rescheduled, the feds say you need evidence to do so.Another Hazy Week For Weed
September 1, 2014
Some funding streams run directly from the Feds to local districts.What Charter Schools Are Getting Right And Why They Top Our High School Rankings
Conor P. Williams
August 27, 2014
Unbeknownst to Rullo, Scotto had not only been caught by the feds but agreed to cooperate with them.Is FedEx America’s No. 1 Drug Dealer?
July 29, 2014
Historical Examples of feds
If the Feds shd be disappointed, and the Demos disgusted with Genl.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge
Our army was allers whipping the Feds, and we allers fell back.Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman.
W. Fletcher Johnson
It seems as if I had got to be master of the feds and the priests.The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. II. (of II)
Moncure Daniel Conway
It stops there, the Feds will have the word on me before they arrive.Lion Loose
James H. Schmitz
And now the meddling of the Feds has hurt the value of the ball club.Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager
Burt L. Standish
- the past tense and past participle of feed
- fed to death, fed to the teeth, fed up to the teeth, fed to the back teeth or fed up to the back teeth informal bored or annoyed
- US slang an agent of the FBI
- the Fed US informal the Federal Reserve Bank or Federal Reserve Board
Word Origin and History for feds
past participle adjective from feed (v.). Fed up "surfeited, disgusted, bored," is British slang first recorded 1900, extended to U.S. by World War I; probably from earlier phrases like fed up to the back teeth.
1788, short for Federalist; as colloquial for "official of the federal government," from 1916, especially, after 1930s, of FBI agents.