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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The 52-44 vote along party lines elevates a critic of Fannie and Freddie to a key post responsible for overseeing the housing-finance companies, which have been under government control since the 2008 financial crisis. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Senate Confirms Trump Pick to Lead Housing-Finance Overhaul," 4 Apr. 2019 The vote was along party lines, with the panel’s 12 Republicans supporting the longtime corporate lawyer and all 10 Democrats opposing him. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Advance Trump Attorney General Nominee William Barr," 7 Feb. 2019 And this includes majorities across party lines, 72 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of Democrats, and 69 percent of independents. Fox News, "Trump and Omarosa exchange barbs over bombshell book," 15 Aug. 2018 The gun transcends political party lines, in my mind. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "NRATV's Colion Noir on black gun ownership, the Parkland students and why he finds the AR-15 'beautiful'," 3 May 2018 This belief already transcends political party lines, and should not require mandates forcing businesses into certain policies. Bethany Bowra, Teen Vogue, "Young Conservatives Are Defending the Environment, Too," 22 Apr. 2018 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

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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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