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retail politics

noun
1.
(functioning as pl) (informal) the practice of a politician soliciting in person for votes from the public
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Contemporary definitions for retail politics
noun

a type of political campaigning in which the candidate focuses on local events and meeting individual voters

Examples

Retail politics is the old-fashioned shaking hands and kissing babies.

Word Origin

orig referred to buying votes

Usage Note

informal; sing. or pl.

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