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go to the country

1. To travel to a more rural or remote area than one's current location. I want to go to the country on Saturday, to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
2. To hold an election. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I plan to go to the country next year.
See also: country

go to the country

BRITISH
COMMON If a head of government or a government goes to the country, they hold a general election. Strictly speaking, the Prime Minister doesn't have to go to the country for another year.
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go (or appeal) to the country

test public opinion by dissolving Parliament and holding a general election. British
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go to the ˈcountry

(British English) hold a general election: The Prime Minister may decide to go to the country in the next few weeks.
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