from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Formerly, one who bought or sold the parliamentary representation of an English borough.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun One who buys or sells the parliamentary seats of boroughs.
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- noun One who buys or sells the
parliamentary seatsof boroughs.
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-- A good fellow is one who attends the Fox-dinners, who goes to the Indies to purchase independence, and would rather encounter a buffalo than a boroughmonger.
A mere handful as to number, and in average talent very much on a level with the mass of their colleagues; -- counting in their ranks no orator, or minister, or boroughmonger; -- they commanded the ear of the House, and exerted on its proceedings an influence, the secret of which those who have studied the Parliamentary history of the period find it only too easy to understand.
a conscientious man, who was always doing good, in silence and secrecy, and denounced as a boroughmonger, had never sold a seat in his life, and was always looking out for able men of character to introduce them to public affairs.