One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who seeks to profit by the spoils system; a person who supports this system.
- ‘In excluding spoilsmen from public office, the reformers were, in a sense, engaged in a negative work: that of ‘keeping the rascals out.’’
- ‘In paying homage to his political spoilsman and teacher, he had only narrowly been spared a potentially disastrous appointment.’
- ‘The State University is exposed to the rapacity of the party spoilsman.’
- ‘The image reinforces the notion of them as twin spoilsmen, nourishing themselves on government largesse.’
- ‘But the sudden successes of the party in the State elections of 1841 revived the hopes of the old spoilsmen, and flattered them with the hope of again succeeding.’
- ‘Cleveland dismissed these complaints as the howls of old Jacksonian spoilsmen and wild-eyed currency reformers, among whom he counted his vice president.’
- ‘Democracy must be salvaged from the hands of spoilsmen and politicians.’
- ‘He was a follower of Jackson, and a spoilsman.’
- ‘Although American political parties are never celebrated for having sharp differences of principle, the great age of the spoilsmen was notable for elevating crass hunger for office to a common credo.’
- ‘Far from being cynical spoilsmen or naive incompetents, individuals whose presidencies provide studies in ineptitude, Garfield and Arthur emerge as men of considerable ability.’
- ‘I have made the Commission a living force, and in consequence the outcry among the spoilsmen has become furious.’
- ‘He is remembered as the political spoilsman who surprised his country with an honest administration.’
- ‘Punning on the political spoilsman, he produced three volumes of war correspondence from the viewpoint of a tipsy literary bohemian among the common soldiers.’
- ‘The Republican spoilsmen had long been hostile to him.’
- ‘He introduced a tough moral fiber into a government grown flabby; he was fearless in pursuing what he believed to be right policy, offending the spoilsmen of the party when he refused to fire competent Republicans.’
- ‘Clinton served seven terms as governor of New York, and, although he was never a political spoilsman in the sense that his nephew, DeWitt Clinton, was, he laid the basis for the Republican party in New York.’
- ‘As a theoretical civil service reformer Mr. Lodge left nothing to be desired; as a practical spoilsman he had few equals.’
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