retail politics

World English Dictionary
retail politics
informal (functioning as plural) the practice of a politician soliciting in person for votes from the public

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Main Entry:  retail politics
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a type of political campaigning in which the candidate focuses on local events and meeting individual voters
Example:  Retail politics is the old-fashioned shaking hands and kissing babies.
Etymology:  orig referred to buying votes
Usage:  informal; sing. or pl.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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