spoils system

noun

Definition of spoils system 

: a practice of regarding public offices and their emoluments as plunder for members of the victorious party

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That world was one of astonishing corruption: Political organizations such as Tammany Hall routinely fleeced taxpayers of millions, and the spoils system was in full swing. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "Growing Into the Office," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of spoils system

1838, in the meaning defined above

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