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
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to vote with one's feet
Many people in Africa vote with their feet and emigrate.

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