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left wing

1. adjective Of, concerned with, or belonging to a liberal political position or agenda. (Most often hyphenated and used prenominally.) This is clearly just a left-wing propaganda campaign to distract voters from the real issue at hand. My father is a pretty staunch conservative, so I don't know how he'll take to my left-wing boyfriend. Though I consider myself to be left wing overall, I try to maintain a balanced political opinion.
2. noun The political groups or organizations, or a section or branch thereof, that support or advocate a liberal position or agenda. The left wing has espoused the need for drastic social reform and economic equality in the coming year, but it has not, to date, offered any realistic or lasting measures to implement such change.
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left wing

The liberal or radical faction of a political group, as in Many consider him a leader of the Democratic Party's left wing. This expression originated in the seating practice of European legislatures, whereby those holding liberal views were assigned to the left side of the house. [First half of 1800s]
See also: left, wing
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Ms Abbott secured the necessary 33 nominations from Labour MPs at the very last minute, after fellow left-winger John McDonnell withdrew from the contest and offered her his backing to ensure there was a woman on the ballot paper.
St Helens' left-winger Ade Gardner is Super League's top tryscorer with 18 tries
Both the centre and left-winger added second tries for Sandal before YM brought off Simon Whitehead, to be replaced by Luke Hannan, and Conrad Dent, who was replaced by Mava Iosefa, who immediately made a difference with his no-nonsense approach down the middle.
Also repulsive were the antics of the left-wingers "celebrating" the death of Margaret Thatcher.
Prominent Labour left-winger John McDonnell last night denied he was planning a "stalking horse" challenge to Gordon Brown's position as leader, with the goal of clearing the way for a more mainstream replacement to come forward.
The Labour left-winger underwent a quadruple bypass, where four arteries were diverted to allow blood to flow around blocked blood vessels in his heart.
Joe Ledley, Cardiff City's promising left-winger, suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Wales' Under-19s during the Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.
The vote was a relief to Blair, who had battled to keep the left-winger out of the party.
Consider who has been, in the words of the Washington Post, the "main negotiator with the White House of a compromise that led to the new education law," a lawmaker thanked by the president during his State of the Union address -- the quintessential left-winger, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.
Walsall six times got within feet of the home line before left-winger Tom Ridgway scored their only try in the final minute.
When it came to the left-winger announcing his "inclusive" shadow cabinet, there were high hopes Comrade Corbyn would look to the region for MPs to help him shape his brave new world.
net POLITICAL pundits were left surprised in November 1980 when left-winger Michael Foot, left, was elected Labour Party leader after they had predicted a triumph for Denis Healey, right.
Monkhouse shot low past keeper Rene Gilmartin to open the scoring in the 25th minute and he made it two in the 50th minute when the left-winger drilled a low shot in from 16 yards.
Ex-Scotland B winger McIndoe said: "The gaffer said he wanted me to change the way I play, to play either as a left wing-back or in a central midfield role, but I have been a left-winger throughout my career and that is my best position.
However, the club was subsequently unable to persuade the left-winger to sign a new deal to stay.