party line

noun

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 \ noun

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Dallas protest organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the policy has seemed to cross political party lines. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018 Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota were the only Democrats to cross party lines last year to confirm Mr. Trump’s previous nominee to the court, Neil Gorsuch. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh to Face Questions on Probes of Presidents," 20 Aug. 2018 Local support for public schools, including increased funding for them, crosses party lines. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "A new public education movement is emerging in Wisconsin, a rebuke to Gov. Walker’s war on labor and school privatization," 3 July 2018 The candidates appealed fervently to their bases, with few attempts to reach across party lines. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Democrat Andrew Gillum Concedes Florida Governor’s Race to Republican Ron DeSantis," 17 Nov. 2018 Carbon focus versus climate justice One of the ways 732 attempted to appeal across party lines was by focusing narrowly on carbon emissions. David Roberts, Vox, "Washington votes no on a carbon tax — again," 6 Nov. 2018 But in politics, unlike with race, a voter’s identity can be fluid, depending on multiple factors, shifting from one election to the next or from issue to issue or even across party lines. The Christian Science Monitor, "The high court’s hint on partisan gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States on Friday, September 28. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Senate Judiciary Committee Voted to Advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination," 28 Sep. 2018 Voting along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission overhauled its rules for processing online consumer complaints. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner is being challenged by the Department of Justice," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of party line

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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party line

noun

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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