gag rule


noun

any rule restricting open discussion or debate concerning a given issue, especially in a deliberative body.

Nearby words

  1. gaffsail,
  2. gag,
  3. gag law,
  4. gag order,
  5. gag reflex,
  6. gag rules,
  7. gag-bit,
  8. gaga,
  9. gagaku,
  10. gagarin

Origin of gag rule

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10

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Examples 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

gag rule

gag resolution

noun

US any closure regulation adopted by a deliberative body
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