hustings

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Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

hustings pl ‎(plural only)

  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.
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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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

hustings

  1. plural of husting