Uncle Sam


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Uncle Sam
World War I US Army recruitment poster by
James Montgomery Flagg
(1877-1960)

Uncle Sam

 (săm)
n.
1. The government of the United States, often personified by a representation of a tall, thin man having a white beard and wearing a blue tailcoat, red-and-white-striped trousers, and a tall hat with a band of stars: "intent on giving states greater incentive to save both their dollars and Uncle Sam's" (New York Times).
2. The American nation or its people.

[From US, abbr. of United States.]

Uncle Sam

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a personification of the government of the United States
[C19: apparently a humorous interpretation of the letters stamped on army supply boxes during the War of 1812: US]

Un′cle Sam′


n.
a personification of the government or people of the U.S.: represented as a tall, lean man with white chin whiskers, wearing a blue tailcoat, red-and-white-striped trousers, and a top hat with a band of stars.
[1805–15, Amer.; extension of the initials U.S.]
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It was not merely during the three hours and a half which Uncle Sam claimed as his share of my daily life that this wretched numbness held possession of me.
For here, if one can't talk clearly, and straight to the point, they send him to Rigmarole Town; while Uncle Sam lets him roam around wild and free, to torture innocent people.
Just why he had left America and his high place in the navy he never had divulged; nor why it was that for seven years he had not set his foot upon ground which lay beneath the authority of Uncle Sam.
At his back he bore a knapsack, marked by the well known initials that have since gained for the government of the United States the good-humoured and quaint appellation of Uncle Sam.
What details do you notice about the Uncle Sam character?
Phil added: "His doctor says it's the painting which keeps Uncle Sam young because he gets so deeply lost in his work that it puts him into a meditative state.
What Uncle Sam apparently did not foresee was what every corporate lawyer began working on the moment the new rules were passed -- new ways to evade the tax man.
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Kelly can use income from his latest albums, including this year's "Write Me Back" and the 2013 release "Black Panties," to pay off Uncle Sam.
They began collecting Uncle Sam prints and posters, and before long found themselves engaged in a full pursuit for the truth about the real Uncle Sam.
Uncle Sam thought he was fighting for democracy in Vietnam against undemocratic communist invaders from the North, but in reality he was fighting nationalism, and we know the results.
The contract provides Crescent the exclusive option to earn a 100 percent interest in the Uncle Sam claim group in return for a cumulative USD2.