third force

noun

Definition of third force

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

Examples of third force in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With its mixture of patriotism and populist provocation, Vox has become the third force in the national parliament and might emerge as the kingmaker in Madrid’s May 4 election. Aritz Parra, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2021 With its mixture of patriotism and populist provocation, Vox has become the third force in the national parliament and might emerge as the kingmaker in Madrid’s May 4 election. Fox News, 3 May 2021 Or as a third force balancing between the two poles? The Economist, 16 Feb. 2020 Midway through the third quarter, the Bulldogs sacked Plumlee three times on the same drive, the third forcing a fumble. chicagotribune.com, 28 Nov. 2019 The third forced in a run home, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of third force

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Third force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/third%20force. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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