take to the hustings

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take to the hustings

To campaign, with an emphasis on delivering political speeches. A "hustings" was the platform on which candidates were nominated to British Parliament through the mid-19th century. If you want to be voted onto city council, you need to take to the hustings and talk to the people.
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Christmas trimmings had only just come down when Cameron, Clegg and Osborne took to the hustings.
And, amusingly, there is picture of a young John Prescott boxing while in the merchant navy in 1956, showing the form that would stand him in good stead about half a century later when he took to the hustings.
The letter came as all five hopefuls competing to be the Labour candidate for the seat took to the hustings on Saturday to try to win over party members.
His letter went out as all five hopefuls competing to be the Labour candidate took to the hustings on Saturday to try to win over party members.
That's when he took to the hustings, visiting places like Dixon, Long Beach, Folsom, Ontario and Stockton, walking through restaurants filled with sycophantic fans and threatening before adoring crowds to ``terminate'' legislators who won't, to borrow a phrase from his deposed predecessor, implement his vision.