Big apple



New York City.
Contemporary Examples

Trisha Yearwood’s Favorite Food Trisha Yearwood November 28, 2010
British Artist Banksy Stages Guerrilla Street Art Show in New York City Justin Jones October 2, 2013
We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus Anthony Paletta November 26, 2014
How the Circus Got a Social Conscience Justin Jones November 6, 2014
Wisconsin’s ‘Anti-Union’ Hysteria John Avlon February 23, 2011

Historical Examples

Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
Uncle Wiggily’s Adventures Howard R. Garis
The Story of a Bad Boy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas

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(informal) the Big Apple, New York City
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New York City •Popularized in the 1970s as a nickname: New York is the Big Apple/ young musicians storming into the Apple (1909+)
A jitterbug dance of the mid1930s

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