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 wing (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 Meanwhile, defense spending grows 1.7 percent, a hike that only offsets inflation — an apparent concession to the left wing of the Democratic Party that might land poorly in Congress. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "‘Stuffing Their Mouths with Gold’ — Selling the Biden/Yellen Tax Cartel," 10 Apr. 2021 An investigation determined the accident was caused by a piece of insulating foam that broke off and struck a hole in the leading edge of the left wing less than two minutes into the flight. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Lego marks first space shuttle flight with new set featuring Discovery and Hubble Space Telescope," 22 Mar. 2021 Some, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, represented the left wing of the Democratic Party, which has been the governor’s primary antagonist for some time. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Walls Are Closing in on Andrew Cuomo," 12 Mar. 2021 Gimenez, during his campaign, tied Mucarsel-Powell to the far-left wing of the Democratic Party. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "GOP Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez clinches victory in Florida’s 26th Congressional District," 3 Nov. 2020 Against the Rangers, Cassidy slotted DeBrusk — who was without an even-strength goal this season (1-4—5 in 17 games) — on his natural left wing. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins’ fourth line has not been chipping in with much," 11 Mar. 2021 The situation could actually be worse depending on the influence of the far left wing of the democratic party although this last scenario is unlikely. Joel Johnson, Forbes, "Plan For Tax-Efficient Retirement Income," 28 Feb. 2021 Valenzuela’s embrace by the far-left wing of the Democratic Party empowered Van Duyne to run on a message cautioning about Democrats trending toward socialism. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Republican Beth Van Duyne, former mayor who pushed anti-Sharia laws, wins open Texas House seat," 10 Nov. 2020 Biden made the race into a referendum on Trump, and the president tried to caricature Biden as a corrupt, past-his-prime politician who was too weak to hold off the far left wing of his party. Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg.com, "Joe Biden Wins U.S. Presidency After Bitter Contest With Trump," 7 Nov. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Left wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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