from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A day shortly before an election, on which the ‘dough,’ or money, for use (chiefly in purchasing votes) in the election is distributed to the ‘workers’ of a party.
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He would give a quarter of a million at a time to the boss of Tammany Hall, and spend a million in a single campaign; on "dough-day," when the district leaders came to get the election funds, there would be a table forty feet long completely covered with hundred-dollar bills.
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