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- (Britain, derogatory, informal, with "the") The city of London.
- 1962, Smith, C. T., “The South-East Midlands”, in Mitchell, J. B., editor, Great Britain: Geographical Essays, page 135:
- London is of vital importance to the communications, industry and towns of the south-east Midlands as a whole, though the proximity of 'the Great Wen' may be partly responsible for the fact that no town within it has a population of more than 130,000.