political football

Definition of political football

:an issue that politicians argue about and try to use for their advantage
  • This issue is too important to be treated as a political football.

Word by Word Definitions

political play
  1. : of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of government

  2. : of, relating to, or concerned with the making as distinguished from the administration of governmental policy

  3. : of, relating to, involving, or involved in politics and especially party politics

football play
  1. : any of several games played between two teams on a usually rectangular field having goalposts or goals at each end and whose object is to get the ball over a goal line, into a goal, or between goalposts by running, passing, or kicking: such as

  2. : soccer

  3. : rugby


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