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previous question

noun, Parliamentary Procedure.
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
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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

(in the House of Commons) a motion to drop the present topic under debate, put in order to prevent a vote
(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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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