\ ˈlib \
plural libs

Definition of lib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 informal

a : 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
b 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

Definition of lib (Entry 2 of 2)

1 liberal
2 librarian, library

Examples of lib in a Sentence

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In other words, conservatives are more this - and libs are more this - is this making sense just to clear up any confusion? Fox News, "Gutfeld: The media need to focus on reality instead of fear," 21 July 2018 Nothing truly makes as little sense in rap as the ad-lib. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "The 16 Best Hip-Hop Ad-Libs of the 21st Century: 'Yugh,' 'It's Lit!' and More," 3 Jan. 2018 John would often ad-lib his own melodies to songs playing while his five children were still asleep. Safid Deen,, "FSU coach Willie Taggart braces for first Father's Day without his dad," 17 June 2018 Trump otherwise begins to blatantly ad-lib Take a shot whenever... Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "RedEye's 2018 State of the Union drinking game," 31 Jan. 2018 Unlike Mork & Mindy, which had been filmed in front of a live studio audience that responded to his every ad-lib with uproarious laughter, The Crazy Ones used a single-camera format that was a poor fit for Robin’s talents. Dave Itzkoff, HWD, "Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams," 8 May 2018 On Friday afternoon Jerry Jones read a prepared statement with some ad-lib about where the team stands with Witten. Jonathan Jones,, "Jason Witten’s Retirement Will Hit the Cowboys Hard," 27 Apr. 2018 Journalists at national networks often ad-lib live reports. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Sinclair is fighting back but only hurting itself," 5 Apr. 2018 The rest of the ad is a standard-issue mad lib of ominous right-wing buzzwords. Jay Willis, GQ, "It Sounds Like Ted Cruz Is Getting a Little Anxious," 7 Mar. 2018

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