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the party line

The agenda, policy, or ideology of a particular political party. Often used in the plural. Senators are expected to vote along party lines on the new tax proposals. The MP has been publicly upbraided by the prime minister for going against the party line on the issue of immigration reform.
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party line

Fig. the official ideas and attitudes that are adopted by the leaders of a particular group and that the other members are expected to accept. Tom has left the club. He refused to follow the party line. Many politicians agree with the party line without thinking.
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party line

The official policy of an organization or government, as in The current party line opposes legalized abortion in all cases. This term, dating from about 1830, was originally used for a political party's official policy but in the mid-1900s was almost exclusively applied to the rigid dicta of the Soviet Communist Party. Since then it has returned to looser use.
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party line

Communal telephone service. In the early days of telephone service, two or more households shared a circuit to the same central switchboard at the phone company. The operator would alert the recipient of an incoming call by a distinctive ring (say, two longs and a short), which distinguished that party from others in the line. “Shared service” meant just that. Since only one call at a time could be made or received, hogging the line led to bad feelings and sometimes bad language from other households who wanted to use the phone. Another problem was eavesdropping, the premise of the classic movie comedy Pillow Talk.
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What differentiates Harris from many of those who fall under the sway of a party line is the affirmative nature of his work.
In spite of the many sharp images created by worker-photographers, the esthetic championed by the ideologues behind the movement was sometimes limited by the party line.
Of the half who show up to choose a president, the majority are committed Democrats or Republicans who will almost always vote the party line, no matter who's name is on the ballot.
Encouraged by their success, the people demanded free elections and scored a major victory over the pro-Beijing parties, which had been favored with a voting formula guaranteeing a Legislative Council majority toeing the PRC's party line.
Within days, Nader had received expressions of support from activists in at least eighteen states, including New Mexico and Alaska, where there are already strong Green parties; Pennsylvania, where the Consumer Party line could be available; and Wisconsin, where some members of the New Progressive Party want him on their ballot.
Lenin considered cinema the most important art for promoting the Bolshevik party line.
Smith's job was to scour the public statements made by Big Brother and "rectify" those that subsequently proved to be in error; he did this by excising the offending words from the database, reworking the public record to fit the current party line, and casting the offending comments down the "memory hole.
Misandry invariably leads to misogyny, since women who fail to adhere to the party line must be collaborationists.
That's why I wrote "Stand up against governments, against God"--the monotheist domination of consciousness that insists on its own party line.
he was invited to represent the party line," complained Sarah Friedman, a colleague of Belsky.
Stories conflicting with the party line are spiked (if possible) or downplayed (page 17).
One of the most common tactics employed by the elite press is to "spike" facts, information, and stories challenging or contradicting the Party Line.
Ben Reznik was spewing the Los Angeles downtown power structure's party line in the face of VICA's joining the Valley's other two major business organizations, the Board of Realtors and United Chambers of Commerce, in endorsing cityhood.
Within a matter of weeks, the party line about the "War on Terrorism" has undergone an Orwellian metamorphosis.