left wing

noun

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 \ adjective
left-winger \ˈleft-ˈwiŋ-ər \ noun

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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David Perron, left wing: The Flyers need scoring at left wing, and the 30-year-old Perron would fit the bill. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers enter NHL free agency with the cap space, here are the players they might be considering | Sam Carchidi," 29 June 2018 The Democratic candidates for governor are gambling on education this year, making it their top priority and promoting ideas that just four years ago might have seemed left wing. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Education: Democrats running for governor say it's the top issue for voters," 26 May 2018 Several other candidates are also more left wing than party leaders. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "In what should be a good year, Md. Democrats struggle in governor’s race," 25 May 2018 With Martinook gone, the Coyotes would need to find a left wing to fill the role. Richard Morin, azcentral, "What does Marcus Kruger trade mean for Brad Richardson, Coyotes' fourth line?," 7 May 2018 In a separate case that prompted NTSB recommendations on engine safety last January, an American Airlines 767 was accelerating for takeoff Oct. 28, 2016, when one of its jets exploded, creating a fuel leak and a fire that melted the left wing. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Metal weakness like the fatigue in Southwest plane's engine can lie hidden for years," 19 Apr. 2018 Artifacts on display include the left wing from Yamamoto’s aircraft. Chris Carola, BostonGlobe.com, "Researchers to mark site where Pearl Harbor planner died," 16 Apr. 2018 Soon after, following impressive dribbling work by Adnan down the left wing, Udinese right back Silvan Widmer had a powerful effort deflected over the bar from 20 yards out. SI.com, "WATCH: Dazzling Paulo Dybala Inspires Juventus to Storm Past Udinese," 11 Mar. 2018 Milton was a Puritan himself, but a comrade in the left wing of the movement. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of left wing

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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left wing

noun

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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