Definition of electioneer in English:


Line breaks: elec¦tion|eer
Pronunciation: /ɪˌlɛkʃəˈnɪə


[no object] (usually as noun electioneering)
  • (Of a politician or political campaigner) take part actively and energetically in a campaign to be elected to public office: the election will not be lost or won as the result of a few weeks of electioneering
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    • Politicians are electioneering, but there's no election date.
    • This was first of all an electioneering budget which eschewed electioneering.
    • While the public might be willing to tolerate electioneering from a candidate, the incumbent was a different matter.
    campaign, canvass, go on the hustings, doorstep
    British informal go out on the knocker


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  • A campaigning politician during an election: he was now a national figure and a rumbustious electioneer
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    • Party electioneers know that an election held any later than the British government's selfimposed deadline of November 13 is a non-starter.
    • An affluent attorney as well as small planter, Moore campaigned as ‘a skillful electioneer [who] courted the lower stratum of society.’
    • This allows electioneers to bypass the media and appeal directly to voters without journalists putting their spin on the issues.

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