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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So far, the main consequence for Trump has come in the form of a House resolution condemning his tweets, passed by a vote split along party lines. Kayla Epstein, Washington Post, "Telling people to ‘go back’ to other countries could violate workplace discrimination laws," 17 July 2019 House formally condemns Trump's tweets as racist The House formally condemned President Donald Trump’s Twitter posts as racist in a vote Tuesday split largely along party lines. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "'Today, we can't breathe'," 16 July 2019 The bill passed along party lines after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quelled a mini-revolt by progressives and Hispanic lawmakers who sought significant changes to the legislation. Andrew Taylor, Fortune, "$4.5 Billion Border Aid Bill Sets Up Showdown With Republican-Led Senate," 26 June 2019 The bill passed along party lines after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quelled a mini-revolt by progressives and Hispanic lawmakers who sought significant changes to the legislation. Andrew Taylor,, "House passes $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for detained migrant families," 25 June 2019 Alabama by supporting the legislation, which was approved generally along party lines. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "With Most States Under One Party’s Control, America Grows More Divided," 11 June 2019 But the reaction hasn’t all been along party lines. Alex Morales,, "President Sees Trade Deal If U.K. Loses Shackles: Trump Update," 3 June 2019 The bill passed along party lines in the Senate, with Democrats in favor. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "‘Gray money’: New Washington law to lift the cloak on PAC funders," 19 May 2019 There is no question the rise in tuition costs and student debt is an immense problem, but the why and how of the issue are what is contested along party lines. Alyssa Ahlgren, Twin Cities, "Alyssa Ahlgren: Canceling student loan debt is regressive, among other problems," 3 July 2019

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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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