noun Chiefly Southern and Midland U.S.
What Is “GOP” Short For?The Republican party has a lot of history. Its origins are interesting in their own right, but one particular part of the party's history is its nickname: the GOP. Where did this nickname come from and what in the world does it mean?
Compare long sweetening.
Origin of short sweetening
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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