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 for tenderloin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tenderloin \Ten"der*loin`\, n.
     1. A strip of tender flesh on either side of the vertebral
        column under the short ribs, in the hind quarter of beef
        and pork. It consists of the psoas muscles.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. In New York City, the region which is the center of the
        night life of fashionable amusement, including the
        majority of the theaters, etc., centering on Broadway. The
        term orig. designates the old twenty-ninth police
        precinct, in this region, which afforded the police great
        opportunities for profit through conniving at vice and
        lawbreaking, one captain being reported to have said on
        being transferred there that whereas he had been eating
        chuck steak he would now eat tenderlion. Hence, in some
        other cities, a district largely devoted to night
        amusement, or, sometimes, to vice.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a city district known for its vice and high crime rate
           [syn: combat zone, tenderloin]
      2: the tender meat of the loin muscle on each side of the
         vertebral column [syn: tenderloin, undercut]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  84 Moby Thesaurus words for "tenderloin":
     Bowery, Chateaubriand, Chinatown, East End, East Side,
     Little Hungary, Little Italy, West End, West Side, bagnio, barrio,
     bawdyhouse, black ghetto, blade roast, blighted area, bordello,
     breast, brisket, brothel, business district, cathouse,
     central city, chuck, chuck roast, city center, clod, cold cuts,
     core, crib, den, den of vice, disorderly house, dive, downtown,
     filet mignon, flank, ghetto, greenbelt, house of assignation,
     house of joy, house of prostitution, inner city, joint, knuckle,
     loin, midtown, outskirts, panel den, panel house, plate,
     plate piece, pot roast, rack, red-light district,
     residential district, rib roast, ribs, roast, rolled roast, round,
     rump, rump roast, run-down neighborhood, saddle, shank,
     shopping center, short ribs, shoulder, shoulder clod,
     sink of iniquity, sirloin, skid road, skid row, slum, slums,
     sporting house, stew, stews, suburbia, suburbs, tenement district,
     uptown, urban blight, whorehouse

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