Definition of left wing in English:

left wing


  • 1The radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system.

    • ‘He's stood for most of what the left wing of the Democratic Party has stood for since 1972.’
    • ‘The government was saved from defeat by division within the opposition and the takeover of the Labour Party by its left wing.’
    • ‘Nahles is regarded as belonging to the party's left wing.’
    • ‘Fuller's stance on most social and economic issues puts him in the Democratic party's left wing.’
    • ‘But, make no mistake, the chorus of complaint is not limited to the left wing of the Democratic Party.’
    • ‘Luxemburg was among the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, leading the left wing of the German socialist movement.’
    • ‘One view, found on the left wing of the Labour party, is that a government must take greater powers if it wants to achieve radical change in the society and economy.’
    • ‘In Germany and Italy, these groups have constituted a permanent, minority left wing within the party.’
    • ‘I decided that they had become the left wing of the Republican Party.’
    • ‘The right wing allied itself with the Democratic Party, the left wing became a component part of the new Communist Party.’
    • ‘They became the core of the left wing of the Synarchist network, throughout the Caribbean region and below.’
    • ‘The Chancellor has already made it clear to the fractious left wing of the Social Democrats that he will resign if he does not carry the day.’
    • ‘The United States, particularly the left wing of the Democratic Party, also lives with a guilty conscience.’
    • ‘Maitan has also defended the majority around Bertinotti from criticisms made by the party's left wing.’
    • ‘I don't know that anyone is in a position to do that and certainly not the left wing of the Labour Party.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he is considered to be part of the party's left wing.’
    • ‘Wales has always had strong left wing and radical political parties and leaders.’
    • ‘As former chairman of the SPD's Young Socialists, Nahles is regarded as a spokeswoman of the party's left wing.’
  • 2The left side of a team on the field in soccer, rugby, and field hockey.

    ‘his usual position on the left wing’
    • ‘Some slick passing by Chelsea in midfield releases Frank Lampard down the left wing.’
    • ‘He's been a consistent performer over his 170 games for Liverpool whether he's played at left back or on the left wing.’
    • ‘Malouda is fouled on the French left wing but Ribery's free kick into the box comes to nothing.’
    • ‘Zidane took a free-kick from the left wing that curled all the way to the far post.’
    • ‘Deco drives a low free kick into the Chelsea box from the left wing, but his delivery is poor and Lampard clears easily.’
    1. 2.1 The left side of an army.
      ‘the Allied left wing’
      • ‘The commander of the left wing of the army eyed the approaching enemy formation with interest.’
      • ‘On 27 August they crushed the Second Army's left wing.’
      • ‘At Marston Moor, in 1644, he commanded the left wing of the royalist army.’
      • ‘McClellan's left wing would then march south and strike Buckeystown and cut off the Confederate line of retreat.’
      • ‘Roughly the same time two divisions were sent by Lee to reinforce the left wing.’


  • Radical, reforming, or socialist.

    ‘left-wing activists’
    • ‘The far left was also hit by the Socialist Party's appeal for left wing voters to unite behind it, as well as by its own disunity.’
    • ‘The grand coalition's programme marks a complete break with the SPD's election campaign, in which the party used left wing language to try to hold on to votes.’
    • ‘Of course socialists should always support left wing officials against the right.’
    • ‘He's hoping the Communists will eventually play a part in some sort of broad left wing coalition government.’
    • ‘But when left wing Social Democrats refused to agree to united action the Communist leaders abandoned the attempt.’
    • ‘He is a former left wing socialist and mass strike leader.’
    • ‘Many left wing political organisations in India talk about the need to organise among the working class, but then see elections as the best way of implementing their ideas.’
    • ‘It was organised by the left wing Socialist Campaign Group of MPs.’
    • ‘Few bands as left wing as System of a Down have enjoyed the level of mainstream success achieved by this second generation Armenian quartet.’
    • ‘At different times in Labour's history the party's left wing critics have been told they open the door to letting the Tories back in.’
    • ‘He dismissed as nonsense her claim that the march would be dominated by anti-government left wing political parties.’
    • ‘I haven't always been as left wing or even as political as I am now.’
    • ‘But he was careful to retain links with a layer of left wing trade union and party officials.’
    • ‘I note that the members of left wing political parties tend to have side organisations which tend to factionalise.’
    • ‘The former left wing socialist and strike leader got 47 percent of votes, almost double that of any other candidate.’
    • ‘Mark was a rank and file activist and is a left wing socialist.’
    • ‘Union activists and left wing officials told Socialist Worker it would be a disaster to become mesmerised by those talks.’
    • ‘In the longer term I would hope for a broad left wing alternative to the failed politics of the South.’
    • ‘This is because union activist are more left wing than Labour party members and ordinary members are less likely to vote.’
    • ‘It was a mass political event, with a very radical and left wing mood.’
    socialist, communist, communistic, bolshevik, leftist, anti-capitalist
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