Town-meeting

town meeting

noun
1.
a general meeting of the inhabitants of a town.
2.
(especially in New England) a legislative assembly of the qualified voters of a town.

Origin:
1630–40

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town meeting
 
n
1.  an assembly of the inhabitants of a town
2.  (esp in New England) an assembly of the qualified voters of a town. Such a meeting may exercise all the powers of local government

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