American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A place where political campaign speeches are made: a candidate out on the hustings in the farm belt.
- n. The activities involved in political campaigning: a veteran of the hustings.
- n. Chiefly British A court formerly held in some English cities and still held infrequently in London.
- n. Chiefly British A platform on which candidates for Parliament formerly stood to address the electors.
- n. Chiefly British The proceedings of a parliamentary election.
- n. A platform where candidates in an election give speeches; a husting.
- n. by extension An election campaign.
- n. Plural form of husting (assembly).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A court formerly held in several cities of England; specif., a court held in London, before the lord mayor, recorder, and sheriffs, to determine certain classes of suits for the recovery of lands within the city. In the progress of law reform this court has become unimportant.
- n. Any one of the temporary courts held for the election of members of the British Parliament.
- n. engraving The platform on which candidates for Parliament formerly stood in addressing the electors.
- n. the activities involved in political campaigning (especially speech making)
- husting + -s; for more information, see husting (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English husting, court of common pleas, from Old English hūsting, court, from Old Norse hūsthing : hūs, house + thing, assembly. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The highest court of civic judicature was the Hustings Court, so called from the Saxon word hustings, signifying the "house of things," or causes.”
“The first plate represents an election riot in front of the hustings, which is wild and fairly spirited.”
“It was called the hustings, and filled with benches; and at one end of it, where the benches ended, mats were laid, on which those who spoke to the people stood.”
“The inquiry marked another crucial moment in an investigation that is revealing the true extent of duplicity and criminality within a Labour government that led up to an unpopular and calamitous war; the hustings are a bid by members of that self-same party to renew its credibility and purpose after a crushing defeat at the polls.”
“I think the hustings is the best place for politicians right now”
“I like RJ and I've met him & heard from him a few times out on the 'hustings'.”
“It moved at 5: 00 pm to another town in the Western Vale before Alun headed off at 7: 30 to yet another 'hustings' on climate change.”
“He picked up his party's position document on housing and homelessness, his election agent (campaign manager) reviewed the day's schedule and off we headed to the first formal 'hustings' meeting of all candidates since Mr. Brown visited Her Majesty, asked her to dissolve Parliament and thus set the election date starting this race.”
“So I was on an NFU 'hustings' panel in Montgomeryshire tonight with Mick Bates, Plaid's David Thomas and Ukip's Bruce Lawson when up jumps a questioner - "Have you boys thought of forming a 'Rainbow Coalition' to force Labour into opposition".”
“Last night I was on a 'hustings' panel near Aberaeron run by Ceredigion YFC.”
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