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voice vote

a vote based on estimation of the relative strength of ayes and noes called out rather than on a counting of ballots, a roll call, or a division.
Origin of voice vote
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "M-make it voice vote," Dorothy whispered, and her face was begging: Is it too much?

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
British Dictionary definitions for voice vote

voice vote

a vote taken in a legislative body by calling for the ayes and the noes and estimating which faction is more numerous from the volume of the noise
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