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spoils system Syllabification: spoils sys·tem

Definition of spoils system in English:


chiefly US
The practice of a successful political party giving public office to its supporters.
Example sentences
  • 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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