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-liner (audio) \ noun

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Politicians across party lines will complain of bias when a platform makes a decision averse to them, even if the decision is correct. Deanna Paul, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: How fighting political disinformation could collide with the First Amendment," 30 Mar. 2019 Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who is expected to launch her candidacy Sunday, say their large home-state margins of victory are evidence of their broad appeal across party lines. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Cory Booker Stumps in Iowa Seeking Position as Obama’s Heir," 9 Feb. 2019 There was a Ukrainian agronomist by the name of Trofim Lysenko who basically took over genetics in the Soviet Union, and in 1948 the Communist party adopted his views on genetics as being the party line. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 Republican senators mostly fell along from party lines, with on-the-fence senators including Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, and Joe Manchin, voting to move Kavanaugh forward to a full vote. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Brett Kavanaugh Has Been Confirmed to the Supreme Court," 6 Oct. 2018 But now, with Manafort accepting a plea deal, Mueller’s team finally has access to someone who has no incentive to stick to the party line. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Paul Manafort is the first Trump Tower meeting attendee to flip," 14 Sep. 2018 There’s no deviation from the party line as there was when Megyn Kelly was part of the Fox News lineup. David Zurawik,, "Trump propaganda is even worse than you think on Fox News these nights," 17 May 2018 They’ll be expected to salute and vote the party line unless Mrs. Pelosi gives them a pass on specific votes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Secret of Pelosi’s Success," 25 Nov. 2018 But one member of the Trump family is not towing the party line: Tiffany Trump., "Tiffany Trump Is Celebrating Even Though The President Didn't Acknowledge Pride Month," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of party line

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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