noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
- to engage in political intrigue, take advantage of a political situation or issue, resort to partisan politics, etc.; exploit a political system or political relationships.
- to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement.
Examples from the Web for politics
In the meantime, he should just accept that the holdup has nothing to do with his politics.
Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling says his politics are keeping him out of Cooperstown.
But he added that the tactic ensured all “relevant” topics in the world of politics were back to the world of Paul.
Liberal Democrats like to blow their bugles about how all the big money in politics comes from rich Republicans.
I believe in the power of institutions—Congress, public policy, certain ideas about politics—that last for a long time.
Beauchamp hugged his politics like some who show their love of the pleasures of life by taking to them angrily.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
During these years, however, he was equally active as a leader in politics.The History of the Negro Church|Carter Godwin Woodson
Liberty commensurate and identical with Order,—this is the only reality of government and politics.Anarchism and Socialism|George Plechanoff
Would their sporting sense of politics as a gigantic game carry him through successfully?Abraham Lincoln and the Union|Nathaniel W. Stephenson
Lee emigrated from the southwestern states, and immediately became a leader in Oregon politics.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XXX|Joel Palmer
British Dictionary definitions for politics
- the policy-formulating aspects of government as distinguished from the administrative, or legal
- the civil functions of government as distinguished from the military
Word Origin and History for politics
1520s, "science of government," from politic (adj.), modeled on Aristotle's ta politika "affairs of state," the name of his book on governing and governments, which was in English mid-15c. as "Polettiques." Also see -ics.
Politicks is the science of good sense, applied to public affairs, and, as those are forever changing, what is wisdom to-day would be folly and perhaps, ruin to-morrow. Politicks is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men's view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed. [Fisher Ames (1758-1808)]
Meaning "a person's political allegiances or opinions" is from 1769.
Idioms and Phrases with politics
see play politics.