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 \ noun

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Broken down by party lines, even half of Republican respondents say there is solid evidence of global warming, while 90 percent of Democratic respondents believe the same, per the survey. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 The 51-to-48 vote was along party lines, with only Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, joining Republicans to confirm Mr. Benczkowski. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Justice Dept. Nominee Who Drew Scrutiny for Russian Bank Work Is Confirmed," 11 July 2018 Opinions on the nominee and the process divide along party lines: 70 percent of Republicans would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, while 58 percent of Democrats would vote against him. Dana Blanton, Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Jury's out on Kavanaugh, voters want Senate vote before midterms," 13 July 2018 But there’s a silver lining for Trump: When the responses are broken down along party lines, the current president fares a bit better. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Americans were asked to name the best president of their lifetime, and Obama won," 11 July 2018 Though Wisconsin residents are about equally divided along party lines, the new map gave Republicans control of two-thirds of those seats. NBC News, "Supreme Court deals setback to political reformers trying to stop gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 Energy policy has almost never fallen perfectly along party lines, especially in the era of Trump. Brian Eckhouse,, "Trump's Love for Coal and Republicans Who Want More Solar," 7 June 2018 The 11-10 vote, divided down party lines, advances the nominations of Wendy Vitter and Andrew Oldham to the Senate floor. CNN, "Senate panel advances judicial nominees who drew controversy for Brown v. Board answer," 24 May 2018 If the committee splits along party lines, as seems possible, the 11-10 Republican majority will send GOP President Donald Trump's choice for the U.S. District Court bench to the full Senate for a confirmation vote later this year. Drew Broach,, "Wendy Vitter's judicial nomination faces pivotal vote Thursday," 17 May 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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