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left wing

members of a liberal or radical political party, or those favoring extensive political reform.
such a party or a group of such parties.
the part of a political or social organization advocating a liberal or radical position.
Origin of left wing
First recorded in 1700-10
Related forms
left-wing, adjective
left-winger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for left wing
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  • Why was the left wing, where alone they were threatened by the enemy, stripped in that manner?

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • It was understood that the left wing of the 1st corps was to take care of the Calvary of Illy.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Cecily pointed to the row of windows in the left wing of the house.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • No doubt, on the left wing, by Shah Dara, the battle had commenced.

  • Do you mean the door at the bottom of the staircase in the left wing?

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for left wing

left wing

(often capital) the leftist faction of an assembly, party, group, etc; the radical or progressive wing
the units of an army situated on the left of a battle position
  1. the left-hand side of the field of play from the point of view of either team facing its opponents' goal
  2. a player positioned in this area in certain games
of, belonging to, or relating to the political left wing
Derived Forms
left-winger, noun
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Word Origin and History for left wing

also (as an adjective) left-wing, 1871 in the political sense (1530s in a military formation sense), from left (adj.) + wing (n.). Related: Left-winger.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with left wing

left wing

The liberal or radical faction of a political group, as in Many consider him a leader of the Democratic Party's left wing. This expression originated in the seating practice of European legislatures, whereby those holding liberal views were assigned to the left side of the house. [ First half of 1800s ]
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