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Tin Pan Alley

the district of a city, especially New York City, where most of the popular music is published.
the composers or publishers of popular music as a group. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for tin-pan-alley

Tin Pan Alley

a district in a city concerned with the production of popular music, originally a small district in New York
(derogatory) the strictly commercial side of show business and pop music
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Word Origin and History for tin-pan-alley

Tin Pan Alley


"hit song writing business," 1908, from tin pan, slang for "a decrepit piano" (1882). The original one was 28th Street in New York City, home to many music publishing houses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tin-pan-alley in Culture

Tin Pan Alley definition

A reference to the popular music industry in the United States; the term is not used as much today as it was a generation or two ago.

Note: Tin Pan Alley is often associated with songwriters who are more interested in making money off their songs than in producing high-quality music.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for tin-pan-alley



A telephone call •Chiefly in the expression give someone a tinkle (1938+)


To urinate; pee •A nursery use (1950+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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