Politics – English idioms and sayings

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A competition or election which doesn't have many likely winners.
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one / two horse race
This presidential election was just a two horse race.

The frenzy the media goes into whenever a general election is announced.
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election fever
Election fever has started, there's politics on every channel.

Empty, exaggerated, or pretentious talk.
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hot air
Politicians always talk the hot air.

A parliament in which no one political party has an outright majority.
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hung parliament
In Poland we always have a hung parliament.

To conform to the rules or standards of the political party you belong to.
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to toe the party line
The party usually punishes those who don't toe the party line.

A politically organized group of people under a single government.
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body politic
Body politic elected the new president.

A problem that doesn't get solved because the politics of the issue get in the way, or the issue is very controversial.
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political football
Apart from being a controversial issue, abortion is also a political football.

Something potentially dangerous or embarrassing.
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political hot potato
This scandal will be a political hot potato.

The way politics runs.
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political machinery
Not many people fully understand political machinery.

To use or not use language that will cause offence - often shortened to PC.
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politically correct / incorrect (PC)
To call an Afro-American a “nigger” is not PC.

To shake hands.
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to press the flesh
Political campaign includes a lot of flesh pressing.

To talk a lot about a subject you feel strongly about. If someone tells you to "get off your soapbox" they think you're talking too much about that subject.
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to get on / off your soapbox
When a politician gets on his soapbox nothing can stop his talking.

To leave a country right after voting
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to vote with one's feet
Many people in Africa vote with their feet and emigrate.

Political idioms

Sayings about politics are often used by journalists, especially during elections. Sometimes it can be hard to understand the meaning of some specific idioms and saying. This lesson will help you to stay oriented in the complicated world of politics.

Election sayings

Election period is stressful and complicated enough, for having to wonder what this or that political idiom means. Our lesson will explain to you the meaning of the most common sayings about politics in an easy way.

Comprehensive approach

An explanation of political idioms can sometimes be insufficient. That’s why every flashcard has also an example with the use this specific election saying in the sentence. Thanks to it, not a single idiom or saying will be a problem for you.

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