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  1. Refering to the federal government. "The reasons are several, most of the federal" -- Public Enemy (Black steel in the hour of chaos [1988]).
  2. Something of exceptional quality or of an extreme nature. Used throughout E-40 tapes, probably Bay Area in origin.
  3. Going federal: rising up in the game.
  4. To "make a federal case of" something means to make a big deal out of it, usually when it's not worth it.