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.

Examples of political football in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web China hawks in the House have propped TikTok on a political football tee, passing legislation that threatens to kick it off the phones of millions of Americans unless TikTok’s Chinese parent, ByteDance, sells its ownership in the app. Todd Spangler, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024 But his death became a political football whose uses were difficult to foresee at the time. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2024 The facts did not matter to those using the board and my appointment as a political football. Nina Jankowicz, Foreign Affairs, 7 Feb. 2024 Multi-year operational budgets for government agencies will lower the costs of these contracts and prevent politicians from using government services as a political football. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Trump, DeSantis play political football Several presidential candidates converged in Iowa on Saturday to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Iowa State Cyclones -- but the political stunts surrounding the football game at times drew attention away from the main event. Fritz Farrow, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2023 The decision will surely become a political football during this wild political season. Robert Litan, Foreign Affairs, 16 Mar. 2016 TikTok — owned by Chinese internet giant ByteDance — has been a political football for several years, targeted by American lawmakers who are wary over its ties to China and how TikTok handles user data. Todd Spangler, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023 And even though 9 out of every 10 vehicles were estimated to be ULEZ-compliant, the policy became a political football in a highly publicized by-election to fill former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s seat. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2023

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“Political football.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20football. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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