Scotland Yard

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:
1860–65

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Scotland Yard
 
n
Official name: New Scotland Yard the headquarters of the police force of metropolitan London, controlled directly by the British Home Office and hence having certain national responsibilities

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Scotland Yard
used allusively for "London Metropolitan Police," 1864, from name of short street off Whitehall, London; from 1829 to 1890 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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