drop the writ

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drop the writ (third-person singular simple present drops the writ, present participle dropping the writ, simple past and past participle dropped the writ)

  1. (Canada, idiomatic) To call a federal or provincial election.
    • 2000, Allison Dunfield, "Chrétien calls election for Nov. 27," Globe and Mail (Toronto), 22 Oct.,
      Mr. Chrétien visited Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson and asked her to drop the writ, meaning that for the next 36 days, Canada will be hit with election fever.

Usage notes[edit]

Formally, "draws the writ" or "Issues the writ(s)."