dorothy dixer

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Dorothy Dixer (ˌdɒrəθɪ ˈdɪksə)
informal (Austral) a parliamentary question asked by a member of the government so that the minister may give a prepared answer
[from pen name Dorothy Dix of US journalist Elizabeth Meriwether (1870--1951), who wrote a column replying to correspondents' problems]

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