clown-car primary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From clown car +‎ primary.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈklaʊn kɑɹ ˌpɹaɪməɹi/

Noun[edit]

clown-car primary (plural clown-car primaries)

  1. (US politics, chiefly derogatory) A primary election with a large number of serious candidates, usually more than four, making it possible that the winner will have been chosen by only a small portion of the electorate.