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retail politics

noun

, (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. 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.



retail politics

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of retail politics1

First recorded in 1900–05; in the sense of “politics in which votes are for sale”
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Example Sentences

He made known his disdain for the demands of retail politics as he returned to the more private life of a writer and novelist.

Yet for all the hullabaloo about outside groups, the race may simply come down to old-fashioned retail politics.

We spent a lot of time on retail politics and fought for every one of those votes.

The only thing that comes close is The Simpsons on retail politics: “Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others”.

Nonetheless, Iowa is where the action is right now, the front line of retail politics.

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