- activity undertaken for political reasons or ends, as campaigning for votes before an election, making speeches, etc., or otherwise promoting oneself or one's policies.
Origin of politicking
- to engage in politicking.
- to influence, accomplish, or promote by politicking: Somehow he politicked the bill through both houses of Congress.
Origin of politick
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Examples from the Web for politicking
But true to form in this drawn out debate, what we are witnessing is a lot of politicking over what is fundamentally a non-issue.Keystone Pipeline Is D.C.’s Dumbest Debate
May 12, 2014
The ads are not intended to be political, he said, and awareness more than politicking and persuasion is the objective.Will the Celebrity-Backed Push for Obamacare Enrollment Work?
October 1, 2013
After Tiller is largely devoid of politicking, instead choosing to simply follow the four doctors about their business.‘After Tiller’ Profiles Last Four U.S. Doctors Who Do Late-Term Abortions
July 5, 2013
Is Xi Jinping –and the Party at large—embracing American-style politicking?China’s Glamorous First Lady Peng Liyuan Saving the Communist Party With Song
March 16, 2013
Lieberman views Yisrael Beiteinu the same way—as a personal vehicle for politicking.Yisrael Beiteinu Without Lieberman?
Brent E. Sasley
December 14, 2012
It couldn't have mattered to him what environment we used, but he was politicking where he shouldn't.Question of Comfort
- political activity, esp seeking votes
- activity directed towards acquiring power and influence, achieving one's own goals, etc
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Word Origin and History for politicking
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