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

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 Not that this is any different from before—RT and Sputnik have long offered audiences a skewed, if not outright false, view of world events, one that hews to Putin’s party line. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 4 Mar. 2022 Lead by not just toeing the party line but by also being unafraid to engage in deep conversations about how the pandemic may have affected you personally. Curtis Odom, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Cheney has committed what is considered to be a mortal sin by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Trump by not toeing the party line. Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 His breaks from the party line have only grown more pronounced. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 13 Apr. 2022 There have been a number of 3-2 party line votes at FTC in the months since Biden appointee Lina Khan took over as chairwoman. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Oregon Democrats on Monday passed plans for new congressional and legislative districts on mostly party line votes, after House Republicans returned to the Capitol to provide the quorum necessary for Democrats to conduct business. oregonlive, 27 Sep. 2021 The measures passed on party line votes, with all Republicans in support and Democrats against. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 Senate Joint Resolution 25 passed the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday afternoon along party line votes. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of party line

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 May 2022

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“Party line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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