question time

noun

Definition of question time

: a period in a session of a British parliamentary body during which members may put questions to ministers on matters concerning their departments

Examples of question time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No question times will be tough on the restaurants, coffee shops and dry cleaners that operate on skimpy margins, Shulman said. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Small businesses and coronavirus: Worry spreading quickly through Seattle as outbreak hurts sales," 6 Mar. 2020 Okay that concludes today's super A List celebrity question time!! Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Chrissy Teigen reveals what it's really like to be famous," 9 Dec. 2019 The recently announced inquiry into question time in parliament provides a telling example. Hugh Breakey, Quartz, "Five ways to argue better," 6 Oct. 2019 At Wednesday’s roughly one-hour session, questions and answers were kept to a maximum of a minute each, with no follow-up questions, and the calm but concentrated atmosphere was far from the lively question time in London. Washington Post, "Germany’s Merkel sees tough G7 talks, warns on trade issues," 6 June 2018 German chancellors haven't previously interacted directly with lawmakers in the same way British prime ministers do at their weekly question time. Fox News, "The Latest: Merkel doesn't see readmission of Russia to G-7," 7 June 2018 Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s leader, wore a large badge celebrating the NHS’s birthday at prime minister’s question time. The Economist, "The three myths of the NHS," 28 June 2018 Merkel will now face questions three times a year, though some opposition lawmakers complain that the format is too inflexible and the event appears highly unlikely to emulate the bear-pit atmosphere of question time in London. Fox News, "The Latest: Merkel doesn't see readmission of Russia to G-7," 7 June 2018 She was rattled by attacks over the customs union by Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s leader, at this week’s question time. The Economist, "Theresa May faces divides over Brexit—and little time to bridge them," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of question time

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Question time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/question%20time. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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