The U.S. Senate today voted to filibuster the nomination of Chuck Hagel to serve as Barack Obama's defense chief.
The DFA campaign urges members to ask Democrats to strip any filibuster proponents of their chairmanships.
Senate Democrats failed in their effort to end a filibuster on a bill that would raise minimum wage to $10.10 on Wednesday.
I was so proud of him, to see him in that 21-hour filibuster, that gave me great hope.
Rush Limbaugh compared Democrat-led filibuster reform to rape on his radio show on Friday.
Even "filibuster," the name of our next camp, elicited no remark from me.
The poor man no longer left the house, for fear of saluting a filibuster.
After some moments of silence he asked the captain, "Who is this man, this filibuster whom they term the Whirlwind?"
Had he failed, he would have been stigmatized as a filibuster.
Sometimes I pretended that she was an American man-of-war, and sometimes a filibuster escaping from an American man-of-war.
1580s, flibutor "pirate," probably ultimately from Dutch vrijbuiter "freebooter," a word which used of pirates in the West Indies in Spanish (filibustero) and French (flibustier) forms, either or both of which gave the word to American English (see freebooter).
Used 1850s and '60s of lawless adventurers from the U.S. who tried to overthrow Central American governments. The legislative sense is not in Bartlett (1859) and seems not to have been in use in U.S. legislative writing before 1865. Probably the extension in sense is because obstructionist legislators "pirated" debate or overthrew the usual order of authority. Not technically restricted to U.S. Senate, but that's where the strategy works best.
1853 in both the freebooting and the legislative senses, from filibuster (n.). Related: Filibustered; filibustering.