But Smithfield, which recently agreed to be acquired by a Chinese company, has become controversial.
In no city in the world can there be found such a splendid assemblage of cattle as Smithfield produces on a full market-day.
He who made a speech to the mob in Smithfield the other day?
He tells me his son Thomas is set up in Smithfield, where he hath a shop—I suppose, a booth.
At last he was condemned, degraded, and burnt in Smithfield.
In London this horrible outrage upon civilized feelings was perpetrated in Smithfield.
In the year 1538, one Collins, a madman, suffered death with his dog in Smithfield.
We cannot now say of such humour that it is a revelation, though once it was brighter than all the fires of Smithfield.
On entering Smithfield, he jocosely said, that the place had long groaned for him.
But Smithfield must have been still used after the transfer of the gallows to St. Giles.
place in London, celebrated since at least 17c. as a market for cattle and horses, later the central meat market. In various colloquial expressions. Originally Smethefield, from Old English smethe "smooth" (see smooth (adj.)). Smithfield ham (1908, American English) is from a town of that name in Virginia.