Examples from the Web for peoria
Peoria indulges in, and mostly enjoys, just about every vice known to man or woman from New York to Baghdad to Bangkok.Newsweek Takedown From Beyond the Grave: Michael Hastings’s Fiction Tells the Truth|Christopher Dickey|June 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ernst even sought to find out how Ulysses might play in Peoria (not well, if the returned survey is any indication).
And how the world then reacts has equally major ripples from Peoria to Portland.
The 16-year-old Shali was dropped into the alien world of high school in Peoria, Ill., unable to speak a word of English.
Yosef has become a stranger by the time Mariam rejoins him in Peoria, Illinois, after three years.
Our preacher spoke first, and then the lawyer from Bloomington, and then came the great man from Peoria.Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
Mr. Gowdy was a state senator in 1854 and his home was at or near Peoria.The Life of Lyman Trumbull|Horace White
They started and during their absence I went to Peoria, on the Illinois river, to see an old friend and get his advice.
Peoria, some distance up, is a pleasant town; I went over the place; the country back is all rich land, for sale cheap.Complete Prose Works|Walt Whitman
If you are in your old business as I infer from your letter, why can't you get work just as well here in Peoria as in Harrisburg?Five Hundred Dollars|Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for peoria
Word Origin and History for peoria
small city in Illinois, U.S., originally the name of a subdivision of the Miami/Illinois people (1673), from native /peewaareewa/. Their own name is said to mean "carriers." The place name also is found in Oklahoma and Iowa, but it is the Illinois city that has been proverbially regarded as the typical measure of U.S. cultural and intellectual standards at least since Ambrose Bierce (c.1890). Also the butt of baseball player jokes (c.1920-40, when it was part of the St. Louis Cardinals farm system) and popularized in the catchphrase "It'll play in Peoria" (often negative), meaning "the average American will approve," which was popular in the Nixon White House (1969-74) but seems to have had a vaudeville origin. Personification in "little old lady in Peoria" is said to be from Harold Ross of the "New Yorker." Peoria's rivals as embodiment of U.S. small city values and standards include Dubuque, Iowa; Hoboken and Hackensack, N.J.; Oakland (Gertrude Stein: "When you get there, there isn't any there there") and Burbank, Calif., and the entire state of North Dakota.