retail politics

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

a political strategy or campaign style of meeting and speaking directly to as many voters as possible: New Hampshire is a state where retail politics are decisive. Not every candidate is good at retail politics.

Nearby words

  1. reszke, jean de,
  2. ret,
  3. ret.,
  4. retable,
  5. retail,
  6. retail price index,
  7. retail therapy,
  8. retailer,
  9. retailing,
  10. retain

Origin of retail politics

First recorded in 1900–05; in the sense of “politics in which votes are for sale” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for retail politics

retail politics


(functioning as plural) informal the practice of a politician soliciting in person for votes from the public
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