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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That sentiment cut across party lines, the survey found, at a time when the Trump administration is pressuring automakers to go along with its plan to freeze fuel economy standards. Wired, "A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News," 1 Sep. 2019 For one, there are significant generational differences, even crossing party lines, around specific climate questions such as fossil fuel use. Elliot Haspel, The New Republic, "Millennial Parents Are Failing Their Children," 30 Aug. 2019 Reactions and condolences started pouring in from leaders across party lines, the international community, and her fans on social media. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Sushma Swaraj, India’s former foreign minister who reached out to people, has passed away," 7 Aug. 2019 Equally familiar, Washington reacted along party lines, with Trump's vague suggestion of openness to new gun laws met with skepticism by an opposition that has heard similar talk before. Anchorage Daily News, "As death count rises in 2 US shootings, a familiar aftermath," 6 Aug. 2019 But images of weeping mothers and children at the border provoked an international outcry and outrage across party lines, with all four living former first ladies and Melania Trump expressing horror at the policy. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "More Than 900 Migrant Children Have Been Separated From Their Families Over Past Year," 30 July 2019 All the details of the agency’s action aren’t known -- the initial July 12 report in the Wall Street Journal stated only the size of the financial penalty and the vote, which was 3-2 along party lines, Republicans in the majority. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: If a $5-billion fine won’t shake Facebook, what can bring it to heel?," 18 July 2019 The vote came largely along party lines, with mostly Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland to allow a ‘nonbinary’ gender option on voter registration and driver’s licenses," 6 July 2019 The vote came largely along party lines, with mostly Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland voter registration to allow for 'X' gender identity," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of party line

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of party line was in 1837

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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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