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Definition of bicoastal

: of, relating to, or occurring on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. And everybody girded for a day of bicoastal press conferences in Washington, D.C., and Redmond, Wash., marked by a ritual exchange of tortured metaphors …— Steven Levy … an animal behaviorist with a bicoastal practice who hosts pet-advice radio shows in New York and Los Angeles.— David Lida After conducting a bicoastal relationship, Kevin and Linda married in 1989.— Toby Kahn also : living or working on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. Similarly, one now sees frequent references to "bicoastal" people who go back and forth between New York and Los Angeles. — Hans Fantel The actor flies back and forth as often as his schedule will allow, but being bicoastal has more than its share of drawbacks. — Mary Alice Kellogg

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How Bicoastal Changed Its Meaning

Bicoastal is a word whose meaning shifted in the 1970s to reflect our mobile society. Prior to that, the term was occasionally used in general contexts involving both coasts (as in "a bicoastal naval defense"). These days bicoastal is almost always associated with people who make frequent trips between one coast and the other. An article with a Los Angeles dateline published in The New York Times in 1983 declared bicoastal to be "a popular term among an affluent, mobile set of Angelenos." But Angelenos weren't the only ones using the term-by that time, the word had already been appearing in national magazines.

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Recent Examples on the Web Then the Pisha-Dufflys got in touch with Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker, who was beginning the process of contracting down his formerly bicoastal restaurant group. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Oma’s Takeaway from Gado Gado takes over Whiskey Soda Lounge space with Chinese-style barbecue, ’cheeky’ Indonesian snacks," 29 Aug. 2020 In very general terms, our polarization today pitts a more globalized and affluent, progressive, bicoastal nation against its more traditional, populist, and nationalist interior antithesis. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Our ‘Corona Project’," 28 Apr. 2020 The Last Black Man in San Francisco director and co-writer Joe Talbot has signed with bicoastal production company m ss ng p eces, his first commercial representation. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rep Sheet Roundup: APA Signs 'Righteous Gemstones' Father and Son," 16 Dec. 2019 The drama finds a stage director and his wife navigating a grueling bicoastal divorce that pushes them to some personal and creative extremes. Greg Crawford,, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend, including Pete Davidson, Willow and Jaden Smith, Eric D'Alessandro," 27 Nov. 2019 There’s no vestige of that period in the music Lenker makes more than a decade later, either as a solo performer or when fronting Big Thief, the bicoastal quartet that sold out the 9:30 Club on Sunday night. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "Big Thief transcends ‘folk’ at 9:30 Club," 11 Nov. 2019 Driver has astounded reviewers playing a character that most Oscar voters will have no trouble relating to — a bicoastal director negotiating a tricky divorce — and critics’ groups will probably hand him the most laurels this season. New York Times, "With ‘Joker’ a Box-Office Sensation, Can Joaquin Phoenix Win the Oscar?," 21 Oct. 2019 First step: countless treatments on deck, from bicoastal massages to monthly acupuncture. Georgia Louise Vassanelli, Glamour, "I’m a Celebrity Facialist, and I Spend $14,026 a Year on My Beauty Routine," 3 Oct. 2019 The hard-charging public-relations executives headed up divisions at 42West, a giant bicoastal entertainment PR firm representing A-list celebrities and companies. Stephanie Clifford, Marie Claire, "How We Built Hollywood's Hottest Publicity Firm," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bicoastal

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Bicoastal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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: relating to both the east and the west coasts of the U.S.

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