hustings

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Etymology[edit]

husting + -s; for more information, see husting

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Noun[edit]

hustings pl

  1. A platform where candidates in an election give speeches; a husting.
    • 1749: Henry Fielding, From This World to the Next
      I now mounted the hustings, and, without any regard to decency or modesty, made as emphatical a speech in favour of the king as before I had done against him.
  2. (by extension) An election campaign.
    Washington is awfully deserted now that every congressman is out on the hustings.
  3. plural form of husting (assembly).

Usage notes[edit]

The plural hustings is used more often than the singular husting for the concrete sense of 'platform'. For the metaphorical sense of 'campaign', the plural is used almost exclusively.

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