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 And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, caving to her Democratic Party’s hard-left wing, covers her impeachment push with an absurd theatrical exercise. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Self-destructive Democrats push forward on impeachment," 11 Dec. 2019 Just after takeoff the craft’s jet engine exploded, setting its left wing ablaze. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Exploring Five of the Most Iconic Wreckage Sites in Bermuda," 28 Nov. 2019 President Obama has the left wing media in a frenzy. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "America’s Most Powerful Gun Supporter," 6 Aug. 2019 The plane then veered left and dropped its left wing, before slamming into the hangar. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, ""I've never seen anything like that": Witness describes deadly Texas plane crash," 1 July 2019 On Monday night, Comeau rang the far post after speeding down the left wing and beating Lundqvist instead of passing to Stephen Johns on the other side of a 2 on 1. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Joe Pavelski’s special teams scoring leads the Stars’ offensive outburst in win over Rangers," 4 Feb. 2020 The Zips swung the ball to the left wing, and Akron’s Channel Banks, one of the top shooters in the MAC, had a decent look from the 3-point line. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Kent State holds on in the final minute to defeat Akron 68-67 to gain a tie for second in the MAC East race," 1 Feb. 2020 To the pilot’s surprise, the aircraft entered a roll oscillation with amplitudes so high that the left wing and right stabilator alternately struck the surface of the runway. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time When the F-16 Accidentally Had Its First Flight," 23 Jan. 2020 The Democrats are divided between the progressive wing and the more center-left wing of the party, Schlapp told Laura Ingraham on Monday. Fox News, "Michael Bloomberg's entry, Deval Patrick's consideration of 2020 race an 'SOS' for Democrats, Matt Schlapp says," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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23 Feb 2020

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“Left wing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20wing. Accessed 28 Feb. 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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