local term for San Francisco, only used by people who live in the Bay Area.
all I did over the weekend was stay in The City and eat Dim Sum
by Mr Wall January 5, 2006
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Nickname for San Francisco. Sometimes also called "San Fran", but the local residents hate it when someone refers to it as "'Frisco". A wonderful city for all, with steep hilly streets, among other things.
Jeremy: Let's check out The City and see Lombard Street. It's the Crookedest Street in the World. After that we can get on a ferry and visit Alcatraz. Then we can have a pizza.

Sam: Alright! Let's go!
by I Saw U2 Live Twice September 21, 2007
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San Francisco...is THE CITY in the bay area...known as THE SCO, FRiSCO etc. etc.
by WAY 2 SAUCY March 13, 2005
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee is the hidden jewel of the Upper Midwest, and an urban thug's paradise.
After thugging around the North Shore, we hit up The City for some quality bbq at J.T. Bones.
by Nelly of Greendale February 20, 2004
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A nickname used for New York City. New York City is according to most sources – The Greatest City in the World and/or the Capital of the World. The only other city that may have claim over the nickname "The City" is London and possibly Tokyo. That being said, it is widely accepted that New York City is indeed "The City" to which every other city compares itself. Los Angeles is not "The City", Paris is not "The City", Rome is not "The City", Chicago is definitely NOT "The City" and San Francisco is definitely NOT "The City".
This is the hierarchy of cities:

Tier 1a: New York City – "The City", London and Tokyo
Tier 1b: Paris, Rome, Hong Kong

Tier 2a: Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai
Tier 2b: San Francisco, Chicago, Miami
by ElitistExpert June 7, 2019
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Short for New York City. Since New York is the only real city in America, it can be referred to with a capital "C".

If used within the 5 buroughs it typically means Manhattan. If outside the 5 buroughs, it refers to any of the 5 buroughs or all of them collectively.

(In Brooklyn)
At 11 o'clock, take the 2 train into Times Square. We're going to party in the City tonight.

(Anywhere else)
This place sucks. I can't wait to get back to the City and hit up a bodega at 4am for some forties.
by JahBreeze August 2, 2006
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