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Bureau

An agency or department, especially of a government. The U.S. Census Bureau is a prominent example.
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This state of things led to servility on the part of the clerks and to endless intrigues within the various departments, where the humbler clerks struggled vainly against degenerate members of the aristocracy, who sought positions in the government bureaus for their ruined sons.
The prince again went to his bureau, glanced into it, fingered his papers, closed the bureau again, and sat down at the table to write to the governor.
I've moved the bureau and I've taken out the drawers and I've looked in every crack and cranny" was Marilla's positive answer.
As he had opened the cabinet, so he now opened the bureau.
Seeing her husband, she dropped her hands into the drawer of the bureau as though looking for something, and only looked round at him when he had come quite up to her.
It was found near the bureau, and just to the left of it, as marked upon that chart.
After locking up the bureau again, he walked to the window and gazed out as impassibly as he had done at the beginning of the interview, while Raffles took a small allowance from the flask, screwed it up, and deposited it in his side-pocket, with provoking slowness, making a grimace at his stepson's back.
When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my treasure was safe, and locked it again.
I caught up the candle, opened the unlocked bureau, and then the empty case which I found in the very front.
Pollyanna, smiling bravely now, flew about, hanging the dresses in the closet, stacking the books on the table, and putting away the undergarments in the bureau drawers.
Returns to bureau, takes out book and examines it page by page, smiles and gives a sigh of relief.
From his trousers pockets he took a fistful of crumpled bank notes and a good deal of silver coin, which he piled on the bureau indiscriminately with keys, knife, handkerchief, and whatever else happened to be in his pockets.