Definition of electioneer in English:



[no object]usually as noun electioneering
  • (of a politician or political campaigner) take part actively and energetically in a campaign to be elected to public office.

    ‘the election will not be lost or won as the result of a few weeks of electioneering’
    • ‘Politicians are electioneering, but there's no election date.’
    • ‘This was first of all an electioneering budget which eschewed electioneering.’
    • ‘While the public might be willing to tolerate electioneering from a candidate, the incumbent was a different matter.’
    • ‘It has come to be thought of as a stinging insult to tell a party here that it is electioneering and politicking with the peace process.’
    • ‘However, political parties may be tempted to save money by electioneering from the Scottish parliament.’
    • ‘The presence of policemen would be a boon particularly during electioneering by candidates.’
    • ‘That is, that elections are as much about electioneering as they are about principle.’
    • ‘He rejected claims that the announcement a week before the polls was just another bit of government electioneering.’
    • ‘On the other hand, parties like the ruling National Conference and Congress are more experienced in electioneering.’
    • ‘Emerging from years of exile, the leaders, both young and old, are out on the streets jumping headlong into electioneering.’
    • ‘He should be told it is best not to choose an anthem written by someone who openly opposes you - it doesn't look too good when you're electioneering.’
    • ‘I say thankfully because I'm not looking for electioneering when I tune into Bill Maher.’
    • ‘It's been the law since 1907 that you can ban corporations from electioneering.’
    • ‘Neither side should be using school computers or any other equipment or facilities for electioneering.’
    • ‘That's called electioneering, and you can't do it within 50 yards of a voting booth.’
    • ‘But council officials have told him to remove them after receiving a complaint about using stalls for electioneering.’
    • ‘The run-up to this election has been low-key and characterised by a more adult attitude to electioneering.’
    • ‘This underlying social and economic reality found direct expression in Howard's electioneering.’
    • ‘The challenge now is for all parties to continue electioneering on issues and selling their manifestos.’
    • ‘However, US trade officials denied the timing of the complaint had been influenced by electioneering.’
    campaign, canvass, go on the hustings, doorstep
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  • A campaigning politician during an election.

    ‘he was now a national figure and a rumbustious electioneer’
    • ‘Party electioneers know that an election held any later than the British government's selfimposed deadline of November 13 is a non-starter.’
    • ‘An affluent attorney as well as small planter, Moore campaigned as ‘a skillful electioneer [who] courted the lower stratum of society.’’
    • ‘This allows electioneers to bypass the media and appeal directly to voters without journalists putting their spin on the issues.’
    • ‘As we left his suite to allow him to prepare for his next meeting, Blatter engaged in the firm, sincere handshake of the seasoned electioneer.’
    • ‘Despite its democratic politics, the Confederacy did not allow ‘lawyers, electioneers, and tradesmen’ to become officers because it possessed an aristocratic temper and social constitution.’
    • ‘‘Can anyone tell me,’ asks Gourley, a veteran mock electioneer, ‘why you don't want the polling place in the cafeteria?’’
    • ‘Along the harbor in Beaufort, North Carolina, this electioneer also paddled ‘a small row boat from vessel to vessel’ to collect the votes, though it was ‘very rough and difficult - if not dangerous - to get about as I have to do.’’