- (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
Examples from the Web for tenderloin
With a few efficient gestures, Arnone extracts the tenderloin, proclaiming, “This is the work that I love.”
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.
But without the dream life was unbearable, in the Tenderloin and on the Bowery.Children of the Tenements|Jacob A. Riis
Only two years had passed since the police and the reporters of the Tenderloin had ceased calling him "Doc."Vera|Richard Harding Davis
Why, there are crossroads up in Sullivan County that would seem like the Tenderloin alongside of that place.Shorty McCabe|Sewell Ford
Have you never received all flank, or a hard dry wing, while another guest had all tenderloin, or the second joint?Carving and Serving|Mrs. D. A. Lincoln
She got us off Market Street on the next block, swinging back into the Tenderloin.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
Word Origin for tenderloin
1828, "tender part of a loin of pork or beef," from tender (adj.) + loin. The slang meaning "police district noted for vice" appeared first 1887 in New York, on the notion of the neighborhood of the chief theaters, restaurants, etc., being the "juciest cut" for graft and blackmail.