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: a parliamentary motion to put the pending question to an immediate vote without further debate or amendment that if defeated has the effect of permitting resumption of debate

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The latest revelation follows a string of previous questions about her childhood. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Senate Dem hopeful Kyrsten Sinema challenged over details of homeless upbringing," 25 Sep. 2018 The reporter had argued that CNN deserved to get a question because the president had criticized the network in response to a previous question from NBC News Kristen Welker reporter. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Trump in U.K.: "I Don't Take Questions From CNN"," 13 July 2018 She has been repeatedly faced with previous questions of trust. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Local News Anchors Are Being Forced to Deliver Pro-Trump Propaganda," 8 Mar. 2018 Finger: The response to the previous question helps to answer this one. Staff Report, San Antonio Express-News, "Writer’s roundtable: Chances of achieving another 50-win season appear to be slipping away," 23 Feb. 2018 Has anyone who is in a position of power in U.S. Soccer, MLS or SUM ever personally profited from one of these marketing relationships mentioned in the previous question? Grant Wahl,, "Soccer United Marketing Fact/Fiction: Garber Opens Up on SUM's Role in U.S. Soccer, MLS," 25 Jan. 2018 Sasse apologized to Sessions, blaming the soda spill for the commotion on their side of the desk while the previous questions were being discussed. Julia Fair, USA TODAY, "Pop fuss: Ben Sasse spills Dr. Pepper on Ted Cruz during Senate Judiciary hearing," 18 Oct. 2017

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circa 1715, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of previous question was circa 1715

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