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gag rule

any rule restricting open discussion or debate concerning a given issue, especially in a deliberative body.
Origin of gag rule
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Every year Mr. Adams renewed his motion to strike out the gag rule, and forced it to a vote.

    Hero Tales From American History Henry Cabot Lodge, and Theodore Roosevelt
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gag rule

(US) any closure regulation adopted by a deliberative body
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