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from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a retreat to the northwest of Washington that is used by the president of the United States


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  • "I used to visit Ronnie in the Oval Office almost every week. Whenever he would go out to Camp David, he would collect sacks of acorns and bring them back to the White House. Right outside the Oval Office is a veranda. Ronnie would sprinkle the acorns out there for the squirrels. There were glass doors leading outside and sometimes you'd hear this noise, and it would be a squirrel scratching at the door. While Ronnie would keep talking, he'd reach into his desk and grab some more acorns, go over and open the door, and throw them out onto the veranda for the squirrels."

    - A.C. Lyles, remembering Ronald Reagan, in Journey's End by Susan Schindehette, People Magazine, June 21, 2004.

    July 6, 2010