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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party-liner \ˌpär-tē-ˈlī-nər \ noun

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The 7 senators most likely to cross party lines on Trump’s Supreme Court pick, ranked. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 2018 Collins — the senator who appears most likely to cross party lines — previously voted for President Obama's two Supreme Court picks. Felicia Sonmez,, "How key senators reacted to Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 Pentatonix beatboxer Kevin Olusola believes music and fireworks have a uniting power that can cross party lines and bring people together. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "New dad John Stamos reunites with the Beach Boys for emotional Capitol Fourth concert," 4 July 2018 Three Democratic Senators crossed party lines to vote for her: Joe Donnelly, Tim Kaine, and Joe Manchin. Abigail Simon, Time, "What to Know About the Potential Nominees President Trump Has Interviewed for the Supreme Court," 3 July 2018 Republican leaders gave their blessing late Tuesday to an effort to advance the resolution, which was a slightly different version of a measure approved earlier Tuesday along party lines by the House Judiciary Committee. Billy House,, "Rosenstein Faces Vote in U.S. House on GOP Demands for Documents," 26 June 2018 Last year it was split along party lines and that is just so frustrating. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora superintendent says passage of state budget worthy of 'victory lap'," 6 June 2018 The Assembly passed her bill 43-23, along party lines. Taryn Luna And Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Get ready to save water: Permanent California restrictions approved by Gov. Jerry Brown," 31 May 2018 The rule was first introduced by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and has been rescinded and reinstated along party lines ever since. Kara Fox And Henrik Pettersson, CNN, "How Trump's anti-abortion agenda impacts women around the world," 24 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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