vote of no confidence

noun phrase

Definition of vote of no confidence 

: a formal vote by which the members of a legislature or similar deliberative body indicate that they no longer support a leader, government, etc. The chairman was forced to resign after a vote of no confidence by the board of trustees.

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That country’s parliament will hold a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after graft convictions of businesspeople and officials tied to his conservative Popular Party. Washington Post, "Italian turmoil hits global markets, sending stocks plunging," 31 May 2018 Many in Carbondale have rebuked him and the faculty senate overwhelmingly passed a vote of no confidence this week. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, "Southern Illinois University president ousted amid swirling controversy," 13 July 2018 But like Merkel, May lives in constant fear of a vote of no confidence. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show," 15 June 2018 But the director of the training academy was fired, as was the safety officer, and the longtime fire chief resigned after votes of no confidence by the firefighters’ and fire officers’ unions. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018 That country’s parliament will hold a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after graft convictions of businesspeople and officials tied to his conservative Popular Party. Marley Jay, BostonGlobe.com, "Dow sinks almost 400 points following political turmoil in Italy," 29 May 2018 For all their bluster, her Brexiteer critics couldn’t muster the 48 votes necessary to trigger a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, let alone the 159 necessary to defeat her. The Economist, "What doesn’t kill her makes Theresa May stronger," 12 July 2018 Meehan is already dealing with a major labor issue at UMass Boston, whose faculty recently took a vote of no confidence in Meehan and halted its search for a new chancellor. Sophia Eppolito, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass Lowell adjunct faculty call out Marty Meehan with targeted ad campaign," 29 June 2018 The Broward County Police Benevolent Association said in a statement that the vote of no confidence does not represent its views. Megan O'matz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward Sheriff Scott Israel faces 'no confidence' vote by his deputies," 21 Apr. 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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