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 The left wing took advantage of Inditex’s donations to organize a Twitter campaign against Ortega. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "Coronavirus Is Forcing Europe to Rediscover Civil Society," 2 Apr. 2020 At the same time, the left wing of the Democratic Party, a major force behind the law’s passage, has grown impatient with it and is demanding more radical change, to a single-payer, government-run health insurance system. Abby Goodnough, New York Times, "Obamacare Turns 10 Today. Here’s a Look at What Works and Doesn’t.," 23 Mar. 2020 Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, argued that the far-left wing of the party and the centrist Democrats would struggle to close the divide within the party after several brutal exchanges took place during the Las Vegas debate. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Boehner: Bernie Sanders supporters will 'sit at home' if he doesn't win nomination," 20 Feb. 2020 First, the divisions raise the possibility that the party’s left wing has overtaken the core centrist ground Bill Clinton staked out so clearly in the 1990s. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Democrats Have a Ways to Go Before They Stand United," 3 Feb. 2020 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

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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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5 Apr 2020

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“Left wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing. Accessed 7 Apr. 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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