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Scotland Yard

noun
1.
a short street in central London, England: formerly the site of the London police headquarters, which were removed 1890 to a Thames embankment (New Scotland Yard, ).
2.
the metropolitan police of London, especially the branch engaged in crime detection.
Origin of Scotland Yard
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • Mr. Jacobs, the detective from Scotland Yard, arrived at the Hall a little after four.

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  • He did not want the help of Scotland Yard in solving the crime.

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  • Everything was a mysterious maze, and Scotland Yard was without any clue that might lead to the solution.

  • Solomon Smellie, of Scotland Yard, had yet his way to make in the world.

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  • Smith nodded grimly, glancing at the Scotland Yard man, who returned his nod with equal grimness.

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British Dictionary definitions for Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard

noun
1.
the headquarters of the police force of metropolitan London, controlled directly by the British Home Office and hence having certain national responsibilities Official name New Scotland Yard
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Word Origin and History for Scotland Yard
n.

used for "London Metropolitan Police," 1864, from the name of short street off Whitehall, London; where from 1829 to 1890 stood the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Force, hence, the force itself, especially the detective branch. After 1890, located in "New Scotland Yard."

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