Definition of safe seat in US English:

safe seat


  • A legislative seat that is likely to be retained with a large majority in an election.

    • ‘In any case, he'll be the only black man in the Senate; and he'll have a relatively safe seat, as senate seats go.’
    • ‘Well he ended up losing his safe seat of Miranda in the 1999 state election, better known as the Chika-slide.’
    • ‘Many such constituencies are safe seats where the same party regularly wins with an unassailable majority.’
    • ‘In fact Birmingham is looking a bit grim for Labour, with them expressing concern that they might lose Edgebaston, considered a relatively safe seat with a majority of 12.4%.’
    • ‘And no, I don't like gerrymandered safe seats for liberal Democrats any more than I do for conservative Republicans.’
    • ‘North Wiltshire, where the Tories are defending a 3,878 majority, also failed to make the pressure group's list of safe seats.’
    • ‘Labour suffered a key by-election defeat and saw its majority slashed in a formerly safe seat in a bad night for the Government.’
    • ‘She has denied suggestions that she will either leave politics or seek a safe seat at Westminster.’
    • ‘Despite the interests of many Tory hopefuls looking for one of the few remaining safe seats, he has no intention of standing down in Kensington and Chelsea before the next election.’
    • ‘These have subsequently become safe seats for the party.’
    • ‘The House defeat wasn't as humiliating as the loss of control in the Senate but it was part of a dismal picture that saw the Democrats lose what should have been safe seats in the House, Senate and gubernatorial races.’
    • ‘While the Democrats only have to face the Republicans and a motley assortment of independents and greens, the Tory safe seats are subject to a sustained assault from the Liberal Democrats.’
    • ‘Okay, we're not going to win, but let's see if we can cause a stir in a few safe seats, maybe win a few points and, above all, do ourselves proud.’
    • ‘Right now, those in safe seats can feel their vote is futile: ‘Labour/the Tories always win here anyway.’’
    • ‘They also tend to waste more of their votes piling up majorities in safe seats instead of capturing marginal ones.’
    • ‘With a first at Oxford in oriental studies he entered Parliament in 1923 for the safe seat of Warwick and Leamington.’
    • ‘It found that young people living in constituencies with safe seats, where parties see little incentive in engaging with the electorate, are a particularly worry.’
    • ‘McFadden last night insisted that the final decision on who defends Labour's 12,464 majority in the Midlands safe seat would be left with the members of the constituency party.’
    • ‘The Labour MPs who sat in their safe seats like Norman barons entrenched in their castles felt the first whiff of gunpowder in 2005, but in the end they remained beyond the cannon's reach.’
    • ‘In 1977 [Lange] entered Parliament after winning selection as the Labour candidate for the safe seat of Mangere.’


safe seat

/ˌsāf ˈsēt//ˌseɪf ˈsit/