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third party

any party to an incident, case, quarrel, etc., who is incidentally involved.
(in a two-party system) a political party formed as a dissenting or independent group from members of one or both of the two prevailing major parties.
Origin of third party
1795-1805, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Since the Civil War, the currency question has twice given life to third-party movements.

    The Boss and the Machine Samuel P. Orth
  • But the one man with the political vision to see the possibilities of the third-party movement, was not a member of a labor union.

  • The conference ended with an agreement to support a third-party movement directed by Jenkins.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • All this, however, does not prove that the third-party people were not the real forerunners and founders of the Republican party.

    The Abolitionists John F. Hume
British Dictionary definitions for third-party

third party

a person who is involved by chance or only incidentally in a legal proceeding, agreement, or other transaction, esp one against whom a defendant claims indemnity
(insurance) providing protection against liability caused by accidental injury or death of other persons or damage to their property: third-party insurance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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