Main definitions of fed in English

: fed1Fed2

fed1

  • past and past participle of feed

Pronunciation

fed

/fɛd/

Main definitions of fed in English

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Fed2

noun

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

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

    short for Federal Reserve
    • ‘If the Fed is aggressive, and if we don't have any major external disruptions, I think we're going to be okay.’
    • ‘After several interest rate hikes, the Fed's moves to slow what has been a heated economy seems to be working.’
    • ‘As the Fed has moved to boost short-term interest rates, long-term interest rates have stayed unexpectedly low.’
    • ‘In the middle of 1931, the Fed doubled the discount rate.’
    • ‘Business leaders have begun pointing out how the Fed has squeezed the economy in general and their companies in particular.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Fed has slashed rates 12 times since 2001, producing a boon for fund investors.’
    • ‘What we don't know is whether the Fed's intervention will work.’
    • ‘Falling profits in the second and third quarters of 2002 seemed to substantiate the Fed's concern.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

Fed

/fɛd/