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previous question

noun, Parliamentary Procedure.
1.
a move that a vote be taken at once on a main question, used especially as a means of cutting off further debate.
Origin of previous question
1690-1700
First recorded in 1690-1700
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  • There is, however, I said, a previous question which remains unanswered.

    The Republic Plato
  • The Federal leaders insisted; the previous question was ordered, 51 to 48.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • Phœbe blushed at his novel proposal and insisted on the previous question.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • But, before he was called in, a previous question was raised.

  • She was not at the top, but she took advantage of the halt to answer his previous question.

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • The "previous question," that hated gag, was moved and carried.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • If he hoped that the previous question was going to lapse, he was mistaken.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
  • “I move the previous question,” she said, distinctly and firmly.

  • The critic has no longer the right to demand the previous question.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for previous question

previous question

noun
1.
(in the House of Commons) a motion to drop the present topic under debate, put in order to prevent a vote
2.
(in the House of Lords and US legislative bodies) a motion to vote on a bill or other question without delay
See also closure (sense 4)
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