a personification of the government or people of the U.S.: represented as a tall, lean man with white chin whiskers, wearing a blue tailcoat, red-and-white-striped trousers, and a top hat with a band of stars.
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How to use Uncle Sam in a sentence
If you’re going to see Uncle Sam take 40 cents on the dollar for the money you make in an investment, it’s a less appealing risk to take.Why Legacy Wealth Is an Easy Target to Fund Infrastructure | Philip Elliott | August 20, 2021 | Time
Accordingly, Uncle Sam might even become a more significant player in the crypto marketplace in the months and years to come.Feds are seizing cryptocurrency from criminals. Now they have to figure out what to do with it. | Rebecca Heilweil | July 30, 2021 | Vox
Uncle Sam really doesn’t know how often police use force, much less why they do so or even whether the force used was justifiable.
So even those families who don’t make enough to pay Uncle Sam would get a monthly check from the IRS and not have to pay it back.Congress Is Considering 2 Plans to Get More Money to Parents. Here's How Each Would Work | Belinda Luscombe | February 12, 2021 | Time
Even better, when we file our taxes next spring, we'll get a $7,500 credit from Uncle Sam.Four Ars staffers bought electric cars recently—here’s what we got | Timothy B. Lee | November 22, 2020 | Ars Technica
At the mention of "Uncle Sam" a great cheer went up—a mighty shout.The Great Gold Rush | W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
If we save him,” said Uncle Sam, “he will only make trouble for us again.The Brownies and Prince Florimel | Palmer Cox
The steamer "Uncle Sam" enters the harbor, being the first of a line established to Chicago.Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for Uncle Sam
a personification of the government of the United States
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Cultural definitions for Uncle Sam
A figure who stands for the government of the United States and for the United States itself. Uncle Sam — whose initials are the abbreviation of United States — is portrayed as an old man with a gray goatee who sports a top hat and Stars and Stripes clothing. During World War I and World War II, posters of Uncle Sam exhorted young men to join the armed forces. (Compare John Bull.)
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