the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street


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the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

A nickname for the Bank of England (which is located on Threadneedle Street in London). Primarily heard in UK. You can try all you want, but you won't get a penny from the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street.
See also: lady, of, old, street
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Or as the huge banner draped over the steps of the Old Lady Of Threadneedle Street said: "So Many Battles Against The System And Finally It Ends By Itself.
Its title caught my attention immediately because the number crunchers at the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street contrived to put the words "Financial" and "Stability" in the title of their report.
Few events in the life of The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, as the Bank of England is affectionately known, are as significant as the appointment of a new Governor.
The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street spent PS3,324 on a retirement reception for the ex-monetary policy committee (MPC) member, who stepped down on August 8.
Some expect the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street to move as early as August this year; others don't expect UK rates to rise until 2012.
After all, the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is nowhere near as adventurous (or rash?