party line

noun
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

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

party-liner

play \ˌpär-tē-ˈlī-nər\ noun

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First Known Use of party line

1837

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of party line for English Language Learners

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


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