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plural libs
: a politically liberal person : liberal entry 2 sense c
The reason Obama keeps tilting left is that so many independents have dumped him and he has almost no chance of getting them back. So energizing libs for a massive turnout is his next-best hope.Michael Goodwin
Lib plural Libs : a member or supporter of a Liberal political party : liberal entry 2 sense b
Like their Labor counterparts, many young Libs found willing political patronage and slipped seamlessly onto the payrolls of MPs and some eventually entered Parliament themselves, to play politics on a bigger field.George Morgan


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librarian, library

Examples of lib in a Sentence

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For the ’70s, there was a women’s-lib movement and women were starting to come out of their shell a bit. Vulture, 27 Jan. 2023 By patient accumulation of anecdote and detail, Rustad evolves Shetler’s story into something much more human, and humanly tragic, into a layered inquisition and a reportorial force that pushes Shetler beyond his white-lib entitlement into a technicolor mystery. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 At the height of the ’70s women’s lib movement, Hawn endured an awkward encounter with a female reporter for one of the major women’s magazines. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 8 Mar. 2023 The Washington Post spoke to the four speakers who dropped Swift’s lyrics to see who had help crafting their shout-outs and who was a big enough fan to ad-lib the references on their own. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 From there, Rogen appeared to ad-lib even further before shifting back to the business of handing out awards. William Earl, Variety, 15 Jan. 2023 The file /data/lib/ was also present but had a file size of zero. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2023 Clark shies away from making any showy marks with her rhetoric, which hews toward a mad lib of inoffensive political platitudes. Kara Voght, The New Republic, 2 Jan. 2023 In the hands of a lesser storyteller, we would be encouraged to instantly dislike Birdie for her selfishness and repeated political incorrectness, and Duke for his lib-owning shock jock persona. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1970, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lib was in 1970

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“Lib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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