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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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the ˌparty ˈline

the beliefs or policies of a political party: Ministers in the government are expected to follow the party line.She has gone against the party line again.No one seems to know exactly what the party line is on this issue.
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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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A call to the party line number is a regular toll call in the United States, and effectively free on calling plans that are flat-rate.
After three hours of objection from 35 residents and local councillors in relation to traffic, drainage, flooding, mining, safety, junction alterations, lack of local services and the departure from the Unitary Development Plan, the committee saw fit to recommend approval by voting purely on party lines with at least one councillor being coerced into following the party line despite indicating an intention to reject during discussion.
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.
he was invited to represent the party line," complained Sarah Friedman, a colleague of Belsky.
The Custom Online Campus Community provides a dramatic upgrade to the Party Line site, including attractive graphics and a scalable and proven site engine tailored to the needs of alumni.
Stories conflicting with the party line are spiked (if possible) or downplayed (page 17).
This was more evidence the party line about how this tournament really doesn't begin until the back nine on Sunday continues to be a big lie.
One of the most common tactics employed by the elite press is to "spike" facts, information, and stories challenging or contradicting the Party Line.
As it's presently constituted, the only teachers the UTLA seems to represent are the old-timers, those who play along and those who toe the party line.