Uncle-sam meaning

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The government of the United States, often personified by a representation of a tall, thin man having a white beard and wearing a blue tailcoat, red-and-white-striped trousers, and a tall hat with a band of stars.
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The American nation or its people.
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The U.S. (government or people), personified as a tall, spare man with chin whiskers, dressed in a red, white, and blue costume of swallow-tailed coat, striped trousers, and tall hat with a band of stars.
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A personification of the United States government.

Uncle Sam Needs You! means The [U.S.] Army Needs You!

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Origin of uncle-sam

  • From US abbr. of United States
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • First attested 1812. Common folklore holds that his origins come from the men of an army base in Troy, New York, who would receive barrels of meat stamped with the initials U.S. The soldiers jokingly referred to it as the initials of the meat supplier, Uncle Samuel Wilson.
    From Wiktionary