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 Johansen was battling with Chicago's Kirby Dach in the crease and knocked in a loose puck after Ryan Ellis whipped it in front from left wing. Matt Carlson, Star Tribune, "Preds top fading Chicago 3-1, tighten hold on 4th in Central," 23 Apr. 2021 The other after sending old Finals foe Matthew Dellavedova tumbling before launching undeterred from the left wing. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Isaac Okoro undaunted after defending gauntlet of NBA stars, including Stephen Curry," 16 Apr. 2021 Gallinari followed with a 3 from the left wing to put the Hawks up 116-106 in the final minute to extend a 19-4 run and end any remaining suspense. George Henry, chicagotribune.com, "Zach LaVine scores a career-high 50 points, but the Chicago Bulls let a 13-point halftime lead slip away in a 120-108 loss to the Atlanta Hawks," 10 Apr. 2021 After draining a short jumper, Ingram blocked a shot along the baseline then pushed the ball up court to Eleecia Carter, who knocked down a 3-point shot from the left wing to knot the score at 47-47 with 1:05 remaining. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake Highland Prep hampered by turnovers, scoring droughts in GEICO Nationals semifinal," 2 Apr. 2021 The goal came late in the first half when Costa Rica was unable to clear Sam Vines’ cross from the left wing, allowing Ferreira to charge into the box and bang the loose ball in at the near post from about 10 yards. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "USMNT inches closer to Olympic soccer berth with win over Costa Rica," 18 Mar. 2021 Rayzer-Moore made up for his miss in the third overtime, knocking down a 3-pointer from the left wing. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville beats Floyd Central in 'a classic' battle, advances to sectional final," 6 Mar. 2021 The left wing of the Democratic Party would go even further, dispensing with the notion that seniors’ health coverage deserves pride of place by abolishing the current Medicare program outright. Chris Jacobs, WSJ, "Democrats Use Medicare as a Piggy Bank," 24 Mar. 2021 But the risk to Newsom going forward is unlikely to come from the Right, but rather, the left wing of the Democratic Party, according to Democratic strategist Garry South. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'Of course, I’m worried about it': Gavin Newsom shifts to campaign mode as California recall gets real," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of left wing

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Left wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing. Accessed 16 May. 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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