One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Politics (now US). The older liberal elements in social-democratic activism, especially as distinguished from the more radical New Left that arose during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
2British Politics. The more socialist wing of the Labour Party, as distinct from the liberal and centrist wing which became dominant in the 1980s and 1990s.
1940s. From old + left. Compare old Right, and later New Left and New Right.
Old Left/ˌəʊl(d) ˈlɛft/
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