any rule restricting open discussion or debate concerning a given issue, especially in a deliberative body.
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Origin of gag rule
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
Words nearby gag rule
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Example sentences from the Web for gag rule
Poor, deluded public; poor, secluded girls; they are not to blame, they do the very best they can under the gag-rule of Rome.The Demands of Rome|Elizabeth Schoffen
British Dictionary definitions for gag rule
US any closure regulation adopted by a deliberative body
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