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Allusively. Any service, organization, etc., likened to the McDonald's chain in some respect, especially in operating in a highly efficient, standardized manner.
1980s; earliest use found in Peace News. From the name of the McDonald'sCorporation, U.S. firm operating a worldwide fast food chain. The first McDonald's restaurant was founded in 1948 in San Bernardino, California, by Maurice (‘Mac’) McDonald and Richard (‘Dick’) McDonald, U.S. restaurateurs. In 1954, franchise rights were bought by Raymond Albert Kroc, U.S. entrepreneur, who founded the corporation in 1955.
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