Definition of Beltway bandit in US English:

Beltway bandit


  • A company that does a large percentage of its business as a federal government contractor.

    • ‘These days, most A - 76 experts generally aren't working in government; they work for Beltway bandits.’
    • ‘But he wasn't a Beltway bandit either - which was a big part of his appeal.’
    • ‘As Fuller points out, much of the expansion in government programs takes place among the so-called ‘Beltway bandits,’ companies that contract out with the federal leviathan.’
    • ‘And clearly, the EU path, in some form or another is the world of the future whatever the Beltway bandits think.’
    • ‘‘I don't want to give the impression that the new Microdyne will be a Beltway bandit,’ Jalbert said.’