Definition of cross the floor in US English:

cross the floor

phrase

  • 1British Join the opposing side in Parliament.

    • ‘In 1900 he entered the House of Commons as a Conservative but crossed the floor within four years to join the Liberals on the issue of free trade.’
    • ‘Thus, it was not a new development, when, after the 2001 elections, a handful of members of Parliament crossed the floor from opposition parties to the ruling MMD party.’
    • ‘If just eight Government members were willing to cross the floor, the will of this parliament, the will of our democracy would prevail.’
    • ‘Indeed, within a few weeks Churchill crossed the floor of the House from the Conservative benches to join the Liberals.’
    • ‘Basically, the Tory MP approached the Liberals because he and his wife, Nina (also an MP) wanted to cross the floor and join the government.’
    • ‘Having crossed the floor to become a Liberal in 1904 (as a free trader opposed to tariff reform), Churchill became president of the Board of Trade four years later.’
    • ‘The cardinal crime in the Labor calendar has traditionally been ‘to rat’; that is, to cross the floor and join the opposition.’
    • ‘He was once a Labour councillor in the city, but crossed the floor to join the Tories.’
    • ‘He was succeeded by Shaun Woodward, a director of party public relations, who later crossed the floor of the House of Commons to join the Labour Party.’
    • ‘Since then four more Labour councillors have crossed the floor of council chambers around the country to join Respect.’
  • 2

    see cross