third force


Definition of third force

: a grouping (as of political parties or international powers) intermediate between two opposing political forces

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Recent Examples on the Web Or as a third force balancing between the two poles? The Economist, "Stuck in the middle America urges Europe to join forces against China," 16 Feb. 2020 Midway through the third quarter, the Bulldogs sacked Plumlee three times on the same drive, the third forcing a fumble., "Peeing dog celebration costs Ole Miss in 21-20 loss to Mississippi State," 28 Nov. 2019 The third forced in a run home, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "How the Astros Beat the Yankees in Game 4 of the A.L.C.S.," 17 Oct. 2019 But his desperation heave was rushed by Gardner-Johnson’s blitz and Williams snagged New Orleans’ third forced turnover of the game. Brett Martel, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Saints stifle Cowboys, win 12-10 without scoring a TD," 29 Sep. 2019 The party’s only national rival, Congress, which came in second place, immediately locked arms with the third force, a regional outfit called the Janata Dal-Secular (JDS). The Economist, "A series of reversals forces India’s newest chief minister from office," 19 May 2018 His two-out RBI single in the third forced a 1-1 tie and his RBI double in the sixth upped the advantage to 6-1. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Palmblad too good: Central Michigan recruit Ryan Palmblad up to the challenge as Brother Rice stops Mount Carmel," 2 June 2018 McMain came out with a purpose to start the third forcing five Cougars' turnovers and eventually pulling within 12 with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter. Hank Brady,, "Karr 60, McMain 40: Marc Bowie drops 23, Cougars force 22 turnovers," 2 Feb. 2018 This is the third force pushing down the dollar: its price against other major currencies. The Economist, "Playing ketchup to the dollarValue matters again in currency markets," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of third force

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Third force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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