have the floor

idiom

: to have the right to speak at a public meeting
Anyone wishing to speak about the new bylaw is welcome to have the floor.

Examples of have the floor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Justice Department will have the floor for the next three and a half weeks to question witnesses and present its evidence, after which the state attorneys general will have two weeks to make a supplementary case. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 Sit down — the queens have the floor. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 But with 6-feet social distancing still in effect, most restaurants don’t have the floor space to truly make 100% possible. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 20 Apr. 2021 To enforce this rule, the candidate who does not have the floor will have his mic muted. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 20 Oct. 2020 The candidate who does not have the floor will have his mic muted. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2020 Fixing the debates: Option 1: Candidates speak from soundproof booths; moderator cuts mic of whoever doesn’t have the floor. Star Tribune, 30 Sep. 2020

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“Have the floor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20the%20floor. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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