pocket borough

noun

Definition of pocket borough

: an English constituency controlled before parliamentary reform by a single person or family

First Known Use of pocket borough

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Pocket borough.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket%20borough. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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