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tenderloin

[ ten-der-loin ]
/ ˈtɛn dərˌlɔɪn /
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noun

(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)
  1. (formerly) a district in New York City noted for corruption and vice: so called because police there could eat well from their bribes.
  2. a similar district in any U.S. city.

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Origin of tenderloin

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; tender1 + loin
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British Dictionary definitions for tenderloin

tenderloin
/ (ˈtɛndəˌlɔɪn) /

noun

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

Word Origin for tenderloin

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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