question time


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 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at Parliament in London on Wednesday. NBC News, 19 Jan. 2022 Despite the stakes, some senators used their question time to amplify narratives that resonate in their political echo chamber. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2021 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, 6 Mar. 2020 Okay that concludes today's super A List celebrity question time!! Marianne Garvey, CNN, 9 Dec. 2019 The recently announced inquiry into question time in parliament provides a telling example. Hugh Breakey, Quartz, 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, 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, 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, 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of question time

1884, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2022

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“Question time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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