Lieberman to filibuster Public Option as ‘Matter of Conscience’
The DFA campaign urges members to ask Democrats to strip any filibuster proponents of their chairmanships.
I was so proud of him, to see him in that 21-hour filibuster, that gave me great hope.
Yet it took a 13-hour filibuster by the libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to get a simple—and still squirrely!
They still control the House, and they have a large enough minority in the Senate to filibuster.
Even "filibuster," the name of our next camp, elicited no remark from me.
Had he failed, he would have been stigmatized as a filibuster.
After some moments of silence he asked the captain, "Who is this man, this filibuster whom they term the Whirlwind?"
Had it eventuated in failure, its leader would have been pronounced a pirate and filibuster.
Sometimes I pretended that she was an American man-of-war, and sometimes a filibuster escaping from an American man-of-war.
1580s, flibutor "pirate," probably ultimately from Dutch vrijbuiter "freebooter," a word which used of pirates in the West Indies in Spanish (filibustero) and French (flibustier) forms, either or both of which gave the word to American English (see freebooter).
Used 1850s and '60s of lawless adventurers from the U.S. who tried to overthrow Central American governments. The legislative sense is not in Bartlett (1859) and seems not to have been in use in U.S. legislative writing before 1865. Probably the extension in sense is because obstructionist legislators "pirated" debate or overthrew the usual order of authority. Not technically restricted to U.S. Senate, but that's where the strategy works best.
1853 in both the freebooting and the legislative senses, from filibuster (n.). Related: Filibustered; filibustering.