noun English History.
any of the bills passed by Parliament (1832, 1867, 1884) providing for an increase in the number of voters in elections for the House of Commons, especially the bill of 1832 by which many rotten boroughs were disfranchised.
Last Month in Pop Language: Post Malone, Bill Clinton, and Other June Low Pointsby Molly Rosen Marriner. This is our fourth installment of Last Month in Pop Language, a column where the most popular (statistically) song, book, and film of the month will have their words analyzed in hopes of drawing a conclusion about language’s current usage—and future. At the end of each column, we’ll draw a conclusion: Was last month’s pop language masterly, malevolent, or merely meh?
What plant word links the new poet laureate, the dollar bill, and a nymph?The nation has new a poet laureate, W.S. Merwin, who has written more than 30 books of poetry, translation, and prose over the past 60 years. Despite what Merwin’s title says, don’t expect him to parade around the Library of Congress with a leaf wreath on his head. The word “laureate” is derived from Latin, meaning “crowned with laurel.”Also known as the sweet bay, or just …
Also called Reform Act.
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Better be without the reform-bill than see it leading to consequences like these.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
British history any of several bills or acts extending the franchise or redistributing parliamentary seats, esp the acts of 1832 and 1867
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