One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who advocates political independence for a particular country.‘winning the seat in central Scotland would give the Nats a massive psychological boost’
- ‘The Nats even used the slogan, "It's Scotland's oil".’
- ‘The Nats are also seeking to turn devolution on its head, suggesting that it has allowed Westminster to give Scotland a worse deal than England.’
- ‘Nats will only give up the independence fight if they are comprehensively crushed - and probably not even then.’
- ‘This might have had something to do with Spencer saying in 1998 that the Nats had a "whiff of victory in their ears".’
- ‘“Many of the arguments made by the Nats in favour of independence would be completely satisfied by further devolution of financial and economic powers."’
- ‘People are afraid to say they are voting NO for fear of vitriol from the Nats.’
- 1.1 A member or supporter of a political party called the National Party.‘the Nats had the most members, followed by Labor’
- ‘The AHA made a donation of around $30 000 to the Libs, and an almost perfunctory $10 000 to the Nats.’
- ‘The Nats are disgusted with the Libs.’
- ‘After an attack on National for supposedly distributing anti-Green and anti-Labour leaflets, it was found the Nats weren't behind the pamphlet drop at all.’
- ‘Political lore used to say that the Nats had the most members, followed by Labor then the Libs.’
- ‘If they support the Nats they lose the voting support of the NZ public, especially those who voted for them in the last election.’
- ‘The Nats aren't likely to win many seats in those areas anyway.’
- ‘Macdonald is the Nats' duty Senator with responsibility for three NSW electorates, including Windsor's Lower House seat of New England.’
- ‘If Peter goes, the Libs should be able to rip up the Senate arrangement with the Nats and claim that spot, too.’
1920s: abbreviation of nationalist or national.
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