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Definition of Bureau


  1. Originally, a desk or writing table with drawers for papers.
  2. The place where such a bureau is used; an office where business requiring writing is transacted.
  3. Hence: A department of public business requiring a force of clerks; the body of officials in a department who labor under the direction of a chief.
  4. A chest of drawers for clothes, especially when made as an ornamental piece of furniture.

Bureau Quotations

Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wild Life.
Muhammad Ali

I grew up with J. Edgar Hoover. He was the G-man, a hero to everybody, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the big, feared organization. He was ahead of his time as far as building up forensic evidence and fingerprinting. But he took down a lot of innocent people, too.
Clint Eastwood

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan

Government is operated by deeply embedded, hopelessly entangled bureaus where nothing is accomplished because the function of the bureau is to intercept every living idea and smother it.
Gerry Spence

I don't think the government is out to get me or help someone else get me but it wouldn't surprise me if they were out to sell me something or help someone else sell me something. I mean, why else would the Census Bureau want to know my telephone number?
Andy Rooney
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Bureau Translations

bureau in Afrikaans is buro, kantoor
bureau in Danish is kontor
bureau in Dutch is bureau, bureel, kantoor
bureau in Portuguese is departamento
bureau in Spanish is oficina
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