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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.
Connected with the federal government or the huge complex it occupiesRelated Terms
[1980s+; fr the Beltway, the peripheral Washington, DC, highway that is supposed to help one avoid the city's traffic]