1. the Metropolitan Music Hall, London.
|Sporting Times 8 Nov. 2/1: At no other hall known to me do they [...] lay down red cloth as it is done in the case of the Met.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Aug. 9/2: We saw this young lady some years ago at the ‘Met.’ where her song-and-dance constituted a considerable attraction.|
|Sporting Times 4 Apr. 4/3: The ‘Met.’ is one of the oldest of the London halls, dating from last century’s ‘early sixties’; and it has had a uniformly successful career.|
|DN IV:ii 133: The Met, the Metropolitan Music-hall.‘Clipped Words’ in|
2. the Metropolitan Railway, part of the London Underground system.
|Face on Cutting-Room Floor 18: Then I was suddenly in the crowd of clerks and typists rushing towards King’s Cross Met station [OED].|
3. (US, also Mett) the Metropolitan Opera House, New York; also attrib.
|DN IV:iii 236: mett. Metropolitan (Grand Opera House).‘College Sl. Words And Phrases’ in|
|Serenade (1985) 182: He may want you to sing at the Met.|
|Show Biz from Vaude to Video 172: Caruso spared the Met any such embarrassing predicament.|
|Joint (1972) 120: New boy has also worked as a singer in the met chorus.letter 21 Aug. in|
|(con. 1930s) Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968) 307: The Met deal was not mere fancy.|
4. (also Mets) the Metropolitan Police, serving London.
|Toast to Corpse 91: You haven’t had thirty years in the Mets for nothing, and you’ve been about a bit [OED].|
|‘Metropolitan Police Sl.’ in Scotland Yard (1972) 325: met, the: the Metropolitan Police – as opposed to other forces.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 78: It’s plainclothes from the Met. Asking about you and the deal on the house.|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 212: I do not know where ‘here’ is [...] I suspect it is in London. The Met coppers were hardly likely to take me anywhere else.|
|Layer Cake 72: The old bill round there are, compared to the Met, a bit of a joke, carrot crunchers.|
5. the Meteorological Office, responsible for weather forecasting; usu. as the Met Office; thus Met man, a weather forecaster.
|Enemy Coast Ahead (1955) 214: The met. man says the weather will be clear all the way.|
|Holy Smoke 42: Not even the Chaldeans – who was sorta court stargazers, like our Met Office – could give him the dinkum oil about ’em.|