Definition of spoils system in English:

spoils system

Syllabification: spoils sys·tem

noun

chiefly US
  • The practice of a successful political party giving public office to its supporters.
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    • He was an early practitioner of the spoils system, filling offices with supporters and driving out enemies.
    • Once ensconced in office, he defied many Republican benefactors and largely declined to take part in the spoils system of the day.
    • The old spoils system returned, along with extravagant public expenses.

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