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  • 1US informal A federal agent or official, especially a member of the FBI.

    • ‘I don't think he has any friends since he ratted to the Feds’
    • ‘Naturally, the box the Feds supplied was rigged with every surveillance gizmo known to man.’
    • ‘Wherever they go they think the Feds, or the police, or spies are watching them.’
    • ‘I didn't follow the case against the man at all or how good a case the Feds made against him.’
    • ‘As the new job looms ever closer, it appears that the Feds are finally closing in on him.’
    • ‘When it came time finally to arrest the man, it was in my father's closet that the Feds found him.’
    • ‘Why the Feds aren't interested in pursuing more of them is puzzling.’
    • ‘When they accessed their machines back home, the Feds recorded the login info, and later returned to root the boxes.’
    • ‘Jim asked to make a phone call, but was told he would have to wait until the Feds had questioned him.’
    • ‘It would be far, far easier to just shut down the boxes, pull them, and give them to the Feds.’
    • ‘Not only can you be sued if you lie in your advertising, but you can also get in trouble with the Feds.’
    • ‘If the Feds were going to hunt him for peddling porn, why pay taxes to finance their cause?’
    • ‘When a scam involves millions of dollars, then the associations get involved, along with the banks and the Feds.’
    • ‘Since then the Feds have continued their investigations and most of the money has been recovered.’
    • ‘The Feds are on their way, and Ralph here is all the protection anybody could ask for.’
    • ‘The Feds today unsealed the charges, which were initially handed down last week by a federal grand jury in New York.’
    1. 1.1the fedsBritish The police.
      ‘her two older brothers had got a restraining order put on them by the feds’
      • ‘A gunman killed in a shootout with police had texted his girlfriend minutes earlier to say: "The feds are following me."’
      • ‘The looters were trying to get in and out of JD Sports before the "feds" arrive.’
      • ‘When kids talk about the feds, it's obvious that they're not talking about the FBI.’
      • ‘"Come on, who likes the Feds? They're annoying, nagging," said one young man.’
      • ‘He overtook me near London, then near Nottingham he had been pulled over by the feds.’
      • ‘That's what's put me off going to Poole Quay - bloody feds all over the place, spoils your ride back as you're always on the look out for them!’
      • ‘Were the feds hassling bikers?’
      • ‘I know its a sensible place to have it, but have you had any grief off the feds regarding the position of your tax disc?’
      • ‘As well as all the usual unprintable insults, this 12-year-old taunted us with "Kill the Feds!"’
      • ‘My twin brother is a fed, he's still safe, though no doubt he will be brainwashed in time.’
  • 2usually the FedUS informal

    short for Federal Reserve

    • ‘In the middle of 1931, the Fed doubled the discount rate.’
    • ‘What we don't know is whether the Fed's intervention will work.’
    • ‘Had Rosie been running the Fed, the whole market meltdown could have been avoided.’
    • ‘We can't bring that rate down to 5%, no matter what the Fed does.’
    • ‘Falling profits in the second and third quarters of 2002 seemed to substantiate the Fed's concern.’
    • ‘As the Fed has moved to boost short-term interest rates, long-term interest rates have stayed unexpectedly low.’
    • ‘If the Fed is aggressive, and if we don't have any major external disruptions, I think we're going to be okay.’
    • ‘Business leaders have begun pointing out how the Fed has squeezed the economy in general and their companies in particular.’
    • ‘After several interest rate hikes, the Fed's moves to slow what has been a heated economy seems to be working.’
    • ‘The Fed has slashed rates 12 times since 2001, producing a boon for fund investors.’



/fed/ /fɛd/


Early 20th century abbreviation of federal. The abbreviation fed had previously been used in the late 18th century to denote a member of the Federalist Party, who advocated a union of American colonies after the War of Independence.