Meaning of filibustering in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɪlɪbʌst(ə)rɪŋ/


mass noun
  • The activity or practice of obstructing progress in a legislative assembly, especially by speaking at inordinate length.

    ‘the rules allowing filibustering may have to be changed’
    • ‘Legislative Council MPs voted in favour of the government's legislation after weeks of prolonged debate, amid accusations of filibustering and bullying.’
    • ‘He has been accused of frustrating debate in the upper house on an important bill with relentless, painful filibustering.’
    • ‘Many of the prime minister's rivals have vowed to oppose the legislation and obstruct the Monday votes by filibustering.’
    • ‘The Procedure Committee in 2016 sought to address the problem of filibustering by proposing that the House should “explicitly authorise the Speaker and his deputies to impose time limits on speeches.”’
    • ‘Filibustering, he said, is a useful tool to delay passage of a bill and alert the public about what the government is proposing.’
    • ‘They're making a movie about the Democrat who became a liberal celebrity by filibustering a law in Texas.’
    • ‘At the 1924 session of the legislature, the Democrats demanded that the Republicans call a constitutional convention. They refused, and the filibustering began again.’
    • ‘There will be no filibustering, no clever parliamentary tactics; there will just be an attempt to make this the best possible bill so no one is discriminated against.’
    • ‘While the Senate was hashing out its bipartisan funding package Wednesday, the Speaker was filibustering on the House floor to demand a vote on immigration.’
    • ‘They can block legislation in the Senate by filibustering, which requires 60 votes to overcome.’


  • Characterized by or engaged in obstructing progress in a legislative assembly, especially by speaking at inordinate length.

    ‘filibustering lawmakers’
    • ‘Delivering long, filibustering speeches, the party's MPs provoked the ire of many on both sides of the floor.’
    • ‘A bipartisan background check bill was defeated, four months after the tragedy, by a filibustering Senate minority.’
    • ‘We have this wonderful sound cloud that's basically an audio tapestry of filibustering MPs losing their minds into the late hours of the night.’
    • ‘Last week the party used filibustering tactics to delay the revocation vote, with MPs giving long-winded speeches in defence of the project.’
    • ‘The pro-establishment camp was able to push through new rules in December that limited filibustering tactics frequently used by the opposition.’


Mid 19th century from filibuster + -ing.