line-item veto

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line-item veto (plural line-item vetos or line-item vetoes)

  1. the power of an executive in government to nullify or cancel specific provisions of a bill, usually budget appropriations, without vetoing the entire legislative package.
    I'm sorry the speaker isn't here; he's up on the hill on last-minute negotiations. He's going over his prenup and wants a line-item veto. (The West Wing, Season 2, Episode 18, Josh)