party line

noun

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 This is the party line of contemporary beauty culture: cosmetics are tools of free expression and self-enhancement, rather than self-erasure. New York Times, "The Beauty of 78.5 Million Followers," 23 Mar. 2021 An interior decorator and a playboy songwriter share a telephone party line and size each other up. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 The House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package by a near party line 220-211 vote on Wednesday, seven weeks after Biden entered the White House and four days after the Senate passed the bill. Time, "'We All Lost Something.' President Biden Mourns With Nation as He Directs States to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines to All by May 1," 12 Mar. 2021 The House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package by a near party line 220-211 vote on Wednesday, seven weeks after Biden entered the White House and four days after the Senate passed the bill. Zeke Miller And Jonathan Lemire, Chron, "Biden aims for quicker shots, virus 'independence' by July 4," 12 Mar. 2021 The House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package by a near party line 220-211 vote on Wednesday, seven weeks after Biden entered the White House and four days after the Senate passed the bill. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden sets May 1 target to have all US adults be vaccine-eligible," 12 Mar. 2021 The House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package by a near party line 220-211 vote on Wednesday, seven weeks after Biden entered the White House and four days after the Senate passed the bill. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, "Biden eyes July 4th as America’s ‘independence’ day from COVID," 12 Mar. 2021 The House gave final congressional approval to the sweeping package by a near party line 220-211 vote on Wednesday, seven weeks after Biden entered the White House and four days after the Senate passed the bill. Dallas News, "Biden wants states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccine by May 1," 11 Mar. 2021 More insidiously, decisions about who gets earmarks and who doesn’t are usually treated as a form of political reward for the well-connected or as punishment for those who don’t follow the party line. Zachary Evans, National Review, "Earmarks Are Corrupt, Costly, and Inequitable," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of party line

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Party line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/party%20line. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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party line

noun

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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