beltway term in U.S. for a ring highway around an urban area, especially Interstate 495 around Washington, D.C., the Capital Beltway, completed 1964. Figurative for "Washington, D.C., and its culture" for better or worse, since c.1978.

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  • Beltway — /ˈbɛltweɪ/ (say beltway) noun 1. the, the US political system. –phrase 2. in(side) the Beltway, Colloquial in the political arena. {with reference to Capitol Beltway, a ring road that encircles Washington, DC} …  

  • beltway — belt|way [ belt,weı ] noun count AMERICAN a road that goes around the edge of a city to keep traffic away from the center. British ring road: the Baltimore beltway inside/outside the Beltway AMERICAN MAINLY JOURNALISM used for talking about… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • beltway — UK [ˈbeltweɪ] / US [ˈbeltˌweɪ] noun [countable] Word forms beltway : singular beltway plural beltways American a ring road …   English dictionary

  • beltway — noun Usage: often attributive Date: circa 1952 1. a highway skirting an urban area 2. cap ; the political and social world of Washington, D.C., viewed especially as insular and exclusive < understanding better than …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beltway — /belt way /, n. 1. Also called belt highway. a highway around the perimeter of an urban area. 2. the Beltway, the Washington, D.C., area within the highway that encircles it. [1950 55; BELT + WAY] * * * …   Universalium

  • Beltway — 1. noun A 64 mile Interstate freeway surrounding Washington, D.C.. 2. adjective Of or relating to the culture of Washington, D.C.; politicized. Your New Yorker article posed the question, Can the presidents education crusade survive Beltway… …   Wiktionary

  • beltway — [[t]be̱ltweɪ[/t]] beltways N COUNT A beltway is a road that goes around a city or town, to keep traffic away from the centre. [AM] (in BRIT, use ring road) …   English dictionary

  • beltway — belt•way [[t]ˈbɛltˌweɪ[/t]] n. 1) civ trs a highway around the perimeter of an urban area 2) geg the Beltway, the Washington, D.C., area • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

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