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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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 For decades the third force of German politics, the party won a record 14.6% of the national vote in 2009. The Economist, "Return of the yuppiesThe Free Democrats eye a return to power," 31 Aug. 2017

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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