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(in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) a member of a parliament who is not a minister or does not hold government office.
- ‘Last November she tabled her own private member's legislation aimed at tackling this problem.’
- ‘Work is underway to prepare for the moving of a private member's motion in Parliament that is intended to activate law reform in this context.’
- ‘I said Mr Kavanagh would be a private member of the public with no connection to the council.’
- ‘The Legislative Council last night defeated a private member's motion to reject the report on political reform.’
- ‘A private member is any MP other than the Speaker, a minister or a parliamentary secretary.’
- ‘Not until 1912 did a private member of Parliament introduce a bill that would allow women to become solicitors.’
- ‘Several attempts were made during the 1970s and 1980s to achieve this, both by government and by private members, but all failed, for a variety of reasons.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.