be on the hustings

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be on the hustings

To be campaigning for a political election, with an emphasis on delivering speeches and meeting potential voters. 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 be on the hustings as much as possible so people have a clear idea of whom they're voting for. The candidates have been on the hustings nearly every day in the lead-up to the election.
See also: hustings, on
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