One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in England) each of six units of local government centred on a large urban area (in existence since 1974, although their councils were abolished in 1986).
- ‘This established a two-tier system of thirty-nine counties and six metropolitan counties for the major conurbations outside London.’
- ‘These soon moved to the museum, which after the abolition of the metropolitan county in 1986, became part of the existing NML.’
- ‘Ian, who worked in a family printing and stationery business, had teamed up with local historian Peter to record life in Eccles before it became part of a metropolitan county.’
- ‘The motion calls for the re-regulation of buses in metropolitan counties like Greater Manchester.’
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