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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Bouras began the extra session by splashing a 3-pointer from the left wing. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "Lowell fends off Cambridge to stay unbeaten," 3 Mar. 2020 But with the Mavericks leading 48-39 late in the second quarter, Curry made a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:28 left, another 3 from the right wing 21 seconds later, then a fallaway 3 with 1:11 left while getting fouled. Dallas News, "Seth Curry, one of the top 3-point shooters in NBA history, continues hot stretch in Mavs’ win vs. Timberwolves," 1 Mar. 2020 On the Democratic side, O'Halleran is facing a primary challenge from the left wing of his party. Katie Surma, azcentral, "House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy endorses Tiffany Shedd in CD 1," 6 Feb. 2020 With 3:46 left before halftime, Indiana’s Armaan Franklin drove around Cassius Winston from the left wing and went in for a dunk attempt. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball finding slow starts, road woes don't mix," 25 Jan. 2020 Coleman’s contested jumper from the left wing erased all the ugliness of the preceding 39 minutes, 59 seconds. Nick Moyle Staff Writer, ExpressNews.com, "Matt Coleman helps Texas embrace the madness of March," 4 Mar. 2020 Sabato said Sanders is benefiting because the left wing of the Democratic Party has united behind him while the more moderate wing is split between Biden, Buttigieg Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Steyer and billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Limited cash, a surging Sanders and other observations as Buttigieg courts South Carolina," 25 Feb. 2020 Seconds into a possession Will Richardson throws an errant pass for Mathis on the left wing and Ducks turn it back over. -- Arizona up 6 after a basket by Stone Gettings. oregonlive, "No. 14 Oregon Ducks vs No. 24 Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball: Live score updates," 23 Feb. 2020 DeBrusk, the second-line left wing, and shutdown defenseman Carlo are the only ones to make significant NHL impacts to date. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins sign Jeremy Lauzon to extension," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of left wing

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of left wing was in 1844

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22 Mar 2020

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“Left wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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