Definition of Dorothy Dix in English:

Dorothy Dix

nounDorothy Dixes

  • A prearranged parliamentary question asked to allow a minister to deliver a prepared speech.

    ‘short questions inevitably appear to be Dorothy Dixes’
    • ‘Question time yesterday was very depressing, with the Government organising Dorothy Dix questions to defend its position on patent law.’
    • ‘They avoided the need for prearranged Dorothy Dix questions by allowing ministerial statements by leave.’
    • ‘He wanted to use the opportunity of Dorothy Dix questions to go on the front foot.’
    • ‘The company locked its workers out for five months, without as much as one word, one press release or one Dorothy Dix question in Parliament criticising it.’
    • ‘Question Time in the Parliament suffers from the farce of Dorothy Dix questions and Ministers obsessed with point-scoring, rather than problem solving.’
    • ‘The government ramped up its criticism in Parliament, organising Dorothy Dix questions from its own MPs to press home its message.’
    • ‘He looks for redemption in a Dorothy Dix interview with a dictator.’
    • ‘Watch out for future press stops loaded with "Dorothy Dix" questions where he can rattle off "great big new tax" etc. without interruption.’
    • ‘Labor ministers used their three Dorothy Dix questions to paint a picture of life under a coalition government.’
    • ‘Watching her stumble over her written answers to Dorothy Dix questions in the House is a hoot!’
    • ‘Reputedly, the former prime minister used to practise his answers to Dorothy Dix questions.’
    • ‘It concentrated all the questions it gets to ask itself—Dorothy Dix questions—on national security.’
    • ‘They carefully fed him Dorothy Dixes, to which he had his answers down pat.’


1950s named after Dorothy Dix, the pseudonym of US journalist Elizabeth Meriwether (1870–1951), who wrote a popular question-and-answer column.


Dorothy Dix

/ˌdɒrəθi ˈdɪks/