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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Other Words from party line

party-liner \ ˌpär-​tē-​ˈlī-​nər How to pronounce party line (audio) \ noun

Examples of party line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kemp, who has been largely silent throughout the election process, was also a frequent target of Trump, who accused him of not towing the party line. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Georgia governor certifies election, sealing Biden win over Trump," 20 Nov. 2020 Not all Republicans have bought into the party line to disregard preventive measures. USA Today, "Republicans are hit the hardest as coronavirus spreads among elected leaders," 3 Dec. 2020 An ebullient Smith strayed from the measured party line. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Upset of Vikings gives Cowboys jolt: ‘We’re going to go 7-0’," 23 Nov. 2020 Knudson asked the commission to not take any further action on certifying election results, but that failed along a party line 3-3 vote. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Republicans call for resignation of Wisconsin election chair," 1 Dec. 2020 All eyes were on Michigan this week when the county’s Board of Canvassers on Tuesday were deadlocked in a 2-2 party line vote on whether or not to certify election results in favour of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. Erin Corbett,, "What Is “Grosse Pointe Antifa”? Oh, Just Another Gift From Our Lord 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 Shelton's nomination was approved by the Senate Finance Committee by a party line vote in July. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Senate blocks Trump's controversial nominee to Federal Reserve board," 17 Nov. 2020 Barrett is expected to be approved in a party line 12-10 vote. Editors, USA TODAY, "Biden-Trump debate, Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS nomination: 5 things to know Thursday," 22 Oct. 2020 Barrett moved through the confirmation hearing process this week, and a party line vote moved her nomination to a full Senate vote scheduled for Oct 22. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "RNC chairwoman: Barrett was interrupted 78 times during hearing, and media didn't call it 'mansplaining'," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of party line

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Party line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of party line

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

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