tenderloin

[ ten-der-loin ]
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noun
  1. (in beef or pork) the tender meat of the muscle running through the sirloin and terminating before the ribs.

  2. a cut of beef lying between the sirloin and ribs.

  1. (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

1
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; tender1 + loin

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tenderloin

/ (ˈtɛndəˌlɔɪn) /


noun
  1. a tender cut of pork or other meat from between the sirloin and ribs

  2. US a district of a city that is particularly noted for vice and corruption

Origin of tenderloin

1
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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