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 \ adjective
left-winger \ ˈleft-​ˈwiŋ-​ər \ 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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Former Governor Mike Huckabee is also here to react to a loony left wing -- Rosie O'Donnell's latest stunt in front of the White House. Fox News, "Will Mueller get his presidential interview?," 8 Aug. 2018 After Dave Romney received a pass from Ashley Cole and sent in a looping cross from the left wing, Ibrahimovic cut back toward goal and took the ball on the volley, sending it past goalkeeper David Ousted. Daniel O'boyle, latimes.com, "Galaxy fail to preserve a lead for the second consecutive game, tying 2-2 with D.C. United," 5 July 2018 The squad, which formed this year after the Winnetka Warriors and Northbrook Bluehawks merged their girls hockey programs, featured Evanston Township High School freshmen Bradley Bellios, a center, and Molly Jo Krupkin, a left wing. Dan Shalin, chicagotribune.com, "Seven former Evanston Hockey girls players skate at nationals," 17 Apr. 2018 James van Riemsdyk, a 28-year-old left wing, led the team in goals with 36. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "How the Toronto Maple Leafs Built a Cup Contender," 12 Apr. 2018 Bullock and two other passengers were uninjured, but the twin-engine jet suffered a sheared nose and a broken left wing. Peter Greenberg, Town & Country, "Unfriendly Skies," 7 Feb. 2014 Democrats were choosing between Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak, both Clark County commissioners, who represent the left wing and business-friendly wings of their party, respectively. Sean Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Sanford falters in South Carolina after critical tweet from Trump," 13 June 2018 Raffl will shift from left wing to right wing and move to a veteran fourth line, one that includes Val Filppula and Jori Lehtera. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers want to 'emulate' Eagles; Brian Elliott returning to lineup," 5 Feb. 2018 Her success passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010 has won her legions of supporters on the party’s left wing, especially as President Donald Trump and the Republicans have tried to repeal the health care law. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House progressives are getting ready to fight off Nancy Pelosi’s challengers.," 21 Nov. 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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