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Big Apple, the

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noun Informal.

New York City.

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Origin of Big Apple, the

1925–30; promulgated as a tourist slogan during the 1970s; perhaps reuse of earlier “the Apple” (New York City in jazz musicians' argot ) with Big as in big cheese, big time, etc.
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