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or bye-election

[bahy-i-lek-shuh n] /ˈbaɪ ɪˌlɛk ʃən/
a special election, not held at the time of a general election, to fill a vacancy in Parliament.
Origin of by-election
First recorded in 1875-80; by- + election Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Those of you who can express your militancy by joining us in our anti-Government by-election policy—do so.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • by-election after by-election had gone against Mr. Gladstones Government.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • I don't remember being able to smell a Sudan storm, but this monstrous production stank worse than a by-election missile.

  • I only got rid of my by-election Blighters half an hour ago.

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • I smiled, though, when the hero was worsted in his by-election.

  • You offer him good and necessary things, and he glances sideways at you, and his lips shape the words "by-election."

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • This was in a by-election held at Cockermouth in August, 1906.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
British Dictionary definitions for by-election


(in the United Kingdom and other countries of the Commonwealth) an election held during the life of a parliament to fill a vacant seat in the lower chamber
(in the US) a special election to fill a vacant elective position with an unexpired term
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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