- (in beef or pork) the tender meat of the muscle running through the sirloin and terminating before the ribs.
- a cut of beef lying between the sirloin and ribs.
- (initial capital letter)
- (formerly) a district in New York City noted for corruption and vice: so called because police there could eat well from their bribes.
- a similar district in any U.S. city.
Origin of tenderloin
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Examples from the Web for tenderloin
With a few efficient gestures, Arnone extracts the tenderloin, proclaiming, “This is the work that I love.”The Art of the Pig
October 31, 2011
Heat fry pan with a dash of oil and quickly sear all sides of the tenderloin.
The tenderloin is rare when soft and spongy, and it becomes firmer as it reaches medium to well done.
Is it customary, I ask you, to help to tenderloin with one's fingers?
It was more glittering, more raffish, more clamant of the tenderloin than ever.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Outside of that they had no claim save only to a percentage from the Tenderloin.Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison
Austin Biron Bidwell
Pour this on top of the tenderloin, sprinkle over it salt, pepper and flour.The Community Cook Book
To their surprise, they found the tenderloin not so bad to eat.The Young Alaskans in the Rockies
- a tender cut of pork or other meat from between the sirloin and ribs
- US a district of a city that is particularly noted for vice and corruption
sense 2 from Tenderloin, former district of New York City, regarded as an easy source of bribes for a corrupt policeman
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Word Origin and History for tenderloin
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