a low-lying area bordering the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
Informal. the U.S. Department of State, whose office building is located in this area.

A nickname for the United States Department of State, whose offices were built in a formerly swampy area of Washington, D.C., known as Foggy Bottom because of vapors rising from the swamp.

noun phrase

The US Department of State:little affinity for the ”career boys” of Foggy Bottom

[1950+; fr the name of a marshy region in Washington, DC, where the State Department and other federal buildings are located; also an allusion to the murkiness of some policies and pronouncements]


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