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  1. A 64-mile Interstate freeway surrounding Washington, D.C..
  2. (mostly local usage) The expressway that surrounds another city.
  3. (US, politics) The US federal government and policy and lobbying organizations, located in Washington, D.C..

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Beltway (comparative more Beltway, superlative most Beltway)

  1. Of or relating to the culture of Washington, D.C.; politicized.
    • 1993 January 6, Mark Feeney, “Impeach me tender”, in Boston Globe, page 28:
      Apparently wishing to go Beltway in a big way, the Gap reportedly solicited Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos and media adviser Mandy Grunwald to pose for ads, but were turned down.
    • 1997, Kurt Finsterbusch, Annual Editions: Sociology, 97-98:
      In a typical indictment, one columnist recently called some piece of Washington policymaking "too secret, too expert, too Beltway."
    • 2002 [1]
      Your New Yorker article posed the question, "Can the president's education crusade survive Beltway politics?"
    • 2003 September 21, Howard Fineman, “Dean: Not Just A New-School Kinda Guy”, in Newsweek[2]:
      And wouldn't you know, the real-life Dean, in a real-life debate, used a line the show's writers had proposed for him. Nothing more Beltway than that.
    • 2003 July 8, “Unabomber Manifesto - an excerpt”, in sci.astro, Usenet[3]:
      Then he went Beltway and started rooting for the Orioles.