left wing


Definition of left wing

1 : the leftist division of a group (such as a political party)

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Other Words from left wing

left-wing \ ˈleft-​ˈwiŋ How to pronounce left-wing (audio) \ adjective
left-winger \ ˈleft-​ˈwiŋ-​ər How to pronounce left-winger (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for left wing


left, leftism, liberalism


conservatism, illiberalism, immobilism, right

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Examples of left wing in a Sentence

His nomination is supported by the party's left wing but opposed by the right wing. the left wing has lost considerable influence in the party, which is now aggressively courting political moderates

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Other key 2020 contenders are from the party’s left wingBernie Sanders, for example, represents a safe blue seat in Vermont and consequently has a voting record that is more progressive than the average Senate Democrat’s. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Beto O’Rourke’s voting record is more conservative than the average Democrat’s," 21 Dec. 2018 Roster update: Before Friday's game, the Columbus Blue Jackets assigned left wing Markus Hannikainen and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to Cleveland and recalled goalie Jeff Zatkoff. Plain Dealer Sports, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Monsters knock off Stockton Heat, 5-3," 23 Feb. 2018 Despite his liberal constituency, Chopp has led with an eye to retaining the Democratic House majority, at times declining to advance bills sought by the left wing of his caucus. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Long-serving Frank Chopp to step down as Washington’s state House speaker after 2019 session," 27 Nov. 2018 To move or spin left, dip your left wing (arm) and bank. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "How To Go Skydiving for the First Time," 5 Mar. 2019 Poor Donald Duck takes it this year; as his balloon was floating through the streets of New York City, his left wing got caught on a nearby tree branch. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "8 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Mishaps," 19 Nov. 2010 But Pavard compensated memorably just nine minutes later, combining with the other 22-year-old newcomer in France’s back four: Lucas Hernández. Hernández’s lunging cross from the left wing bounced twice through the core of the Argentine defense. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Benjamin Pavard, and His World Cup Highlight, Came Out of Nowhere," 4 July 2018 Photo: rebecca cook/Reuters Ms. Tlaib, 42, and Ms. Omar, 37, align with the left wing of the Democratic party, embracing a goal of extending Medicare health coverage to all Americans and increasing the minimum wage to $15. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Two Muslim Women Win House Seats," 7 Nov. 2018 Most of the action was coming from the left wing and Gōtoku Sakai forced another stop from the Swansea stopper in the 12th minute. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "WATCH: Japan Loses to Poland, Still Through in World Cup on Fair Play Tiebreaker," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of left wing

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of left wing

: the part of a political group that consists of people who support liberal or socialist ideas and policies : the part of a political group that belongs to or supports the Left

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