One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Parliament) block the course of a bill by prolonging discussion to the time of adjournment.
- ‘Most private members' bills are talked out before reaching a vote, and on average only eight such bills have been passed in post-war Parliaments.’
- ‘Last week, partly thanks to Government opposition, the MP saw his Referendum Bill fail in the House of Commons after it was talked out.’
- ‘In Ontario, David Croll did introduce a private member's bill in 1939, but it was talked out during the last pre-war session.’
- ‘The Bill's opponents are trying to talk it out, and the Government is waiting for the moment when it will have the numbers for the two-thirds majority necessary for a constitutional amendment.’
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