party lines

party line

[pahr-tee lahyn for 1, 2; pahr-tee lahyn for 3, 4]
noun
1.
the authorized, prescribed policies and practices of a group, especially of the Communist Party, usually followed by the members without deviation; official philosophy or credo.
2.
the guiding policy, tenets, or practices of a political party: The judge was chosen on party lines.
3.
a telephone line connecting the telephones of a number of subscribers by one circuit to a central office, used in some rural areas.
4.
the boundary line separating adjoining properties.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism

party-line, adjective
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party line
 
n
1.  a telephone line serving two or more subscribers
2.  the policies or dogma of a political party, to which all members are expected to subscribe
3.  chiefly (US) the boundary between adjoining property

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