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

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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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 In a major upset for the Democratic Party establishment, Rep. Joe Crowley of New York lost his primary election Tuesday, unseated by a young progressive newcomer who reflects restiveness in the left wing of the party. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unseats Incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in New York Primary," 26 June 2018 Kevin Love was chasing Curry on the left wing, trying to keep up as the shot clock neared its end. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Steph Curry's historic Finals Game 2 a window to Warriors before Kevin Durant," 4 June 2018 In a separate case that prompted NTSB recommendations on engine safety last January, an American Airlines 767 was accelerating for takeoff when one of its jets exploded, creating a fuel leak and a fire that melted the left wing on Oct. 28, 2016. Bloomberg.com, "Metal Weakness in Southwest Jet Tests Limits of Safety Inspections," 19 Apr. 2018 Isaac passed to the left wing, where Bamba caught it wide-open. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mo Bamba shows flashes of potential in Magic debut," 7 July 2018 Loewen, a left wing from the Western Hockey League, stands 6-foot-4, and 216 pounds. William Wilkerson, star-telegram, "Dallas Stars take 6-foot-9 center on second day of NHL Draft," 23 June 2018 Shane Larkin throws an entry pass to Marcus Morris, who has the outsized Marco Belinelli sealed off on the left wing: Let’s freeze it there. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Two plays that show what Brett Brown must fix in Game 2 | David Murphy," 3 May 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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