Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom

noun
1.
a low-lying area bordering the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
2.
Informal. the U.S. Department of State, whose office building is located in this area.
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A nickname for the United States Department of State, whose offices were built in a formerly swampy area of Washington, D.C., known as Foggy Bottom because of vapors rising from the swamp.

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