Beltway bandit

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Beltway bandit (plural Beltway bandits)

  1. (informal) A consulting or research company that mostly carries out work for US government departments or agencies.
    • 2001, Richard B. Schwartz, After the Fall, page 45:
      He worked for a beltway bandit firm, doing engineering work. He computed trajectories on missiles... that kind of thing.
  2. (informal) An employee of such a firm, especially a former employee of the firm's clients.