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politics

[ pol-i-tiks ]
/ ˈpɒl ɪ tɪks /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

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Idioms for politics

    play politics,
    1. 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.
    2. to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement.

Origin of politics

First recorded in 1520–30; see origin at politic, -ics

OTHER WORDS FROM politics

an·ti·pol·i·tics, adjectivepro·pol·i·tics, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for politics

politics
/ (ˈpɒlɪtɪks) /

noun

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Idioms and Phrases with politics

politics

see play politics.

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