party line


Definition of party line 

1 : the policy or practice of a political party

2 : a single telephone circuit connecting two or more subscribers with the exchange

called also party wire

3 : the principles or policies of an individual or organization also : the explanation or interpretation usually put forth the party line that her mother was a saint — Leslie Bennetts

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party-liner \ˌpär-tē-ˈlī-nər \ noun

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In the state Senate, the bill passed 31-6, with San Diego’s state senators split on party lines. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "State law confirms protections for immigrant students," 30 June 2018 The House bill passed the committee on party lines, but last month failed on the floor when a group of conservative lawmakers blocked its passage over an unrelated immigration bill. Juliet Linderman,, "Senate unveils farm bill, leaves food stamps alone," 8 June 2018 Throughout the day and into the evening, Republicans proposed a series of amendments to the bill, but they were rejected on mostly party lines. Sandra Gomez-aceves,, "House Passes Bill Giving Undocumented Students Access To Financial Aid; Measure Moves To Malloy," 26 Apr. 2018 Mike Pompeo advances The Senate is set to vote this week on Mike Pompeo's nomination to be the next secretary of State, after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of the CIA director on party lines. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way," 23 Apr. 2018 In a 26-2o vote on party lines, the House Agriculture Committee moved to advance the Farm Bill, with the SNAP proposals, to the House floor. Caitlin Dewey,, "Republican plan to tighten food stamp work requirements advances despite opposition," 18 Apr. 2018 Mr Murphy’s path has been smoothed by the polarising of the issue on party lines. The Economist, "Senator Chris Murphy has become a leader on gun-control," 5 Apr. 2018 Cillizza: How much has this issue split on party lines? Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Here's why Oklahoma teachers walked out today," 2 Apr. 2018 Unlike most bills in Washington, the 65-34 vote in the Senate did not fall on strict party lines. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "President Trump Set to Sign FISA Surveillance Law: What That Means for You," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of party line

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the official policy or opinion of a political party or other organization that members are expected to support

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to reject or criticize sharply

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