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filibuster -- as in: filibuster in the Senate
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  • They threatened a filibuster to defeat the legislation.
  • After the 2008 elections, the Democrats had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
  • Budget bills are not subject to filibuster because they are governed under "reconciliation" rules.
  • Senate Republicans commenced a filibuster, blocking the vote.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • Sometimes when Rhett was alone with them and Scarlett in the next room, she heard laughter and caught fragments of conversation that meant nothing to her, scraps of words, puzzling names—Cuba and Nassau in the blockade days, the gold rush and claim jumping, gun running and filibustering, Nicaragua and William Walker and how he died against a wall at Truxillo.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Puck Mulligan footed featly, trilling: I hardly hear the purlieu cry Or a tommy talk as I pass one by Before my thoughts begin to run On F. M’Curdy Atkinson, The same that had the wooden leg And that filibustering filibeg That never dared to slake his drouth, Magee that had the chinless mouth.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The filibuster had won.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Thornton has traced /bolter/ to 1812, /filibuster/ to 1863, /roorback/ to 1844, and /split-ticket/ to 1842.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He barely had time to wonder when he’d see it again when they were back George had forgotten his box of Filibuster fireworks.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • ’Very impressive… you’ll put Dr Filibuster out of business, no problem…’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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  • Nor did it help that a number of Filibuster’s Fabulous No-Heat, Wet-Start Fireworks went off unexpectedly when Fred’s trunk sprang open, causing the driver carrying it to yell with fright and pain as Crookshanks clawed his way up the man’s leg.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • From another part of the apartment came a child’s voice singing Humpty Dumpty, awakening humiliating memories of my first Easter program during which I had stood before the church audience and forgotten the words …. "My kid," Hambro said, "filibustering against going to bed.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Fred and George rounded off the evening with a display of Filibuster fireworks; they fiIled the kitchen with red and blue stars that bounced from ceiling to wall for at least half an hour.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry ducked swiftly down behind his cauldron, pulled one of Fred’s Filibuster fireworks out of his pocket, and gave it a quick prod with his wand.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • "This bill is a law that at its fundamental core is a reward for illegal activity," said Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, defending the filibuster.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The firelight glowed over the countless squashy armchairs where people sat reading, talking, doing homework or, in the case of Fred and George Weasley, trying to find out what would happen if you fed a Filibuster firework to a salamander.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • In Gambol and Japes Wizarding Joke Shop, they met Fred, George, and Lee Jordan, who were stocking up on Dr. Filibuster’s Fabulous Wet-Start, No-Heat Fireworks, and in a tiny junk shop full of bro ken wands, lopsided brass scales, and old cloaks covered in potion stains they found Percy, deeply immersed in a small and deeply boring book called Prefects Who Gained Power.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • They played Exploding Snap, set off the very last of Fred and George’s Filibuster fireworks, and practiced disarming each other by magic.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Several Senators, Norris later related, privately approached him to wish the filibuster success, while pleading party regularity and political expediency as their grounds for publicly supporting the President’s position.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • But there were three struggles in his life that are worthy of especial note for the courage displayed—the overthrow of "Czar" Cannon already described; his support of Al Smith for President in 1928; and his filibuster against the Armed Ship Bill in 1917.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • George Norris’ filibuster against the Armed Ship Bill had failed, both in its immediate goal of preventing the President’s action, and in its attempt to keep the nation out of the war into which it was plunged a few months later.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • …/pie-counter/, /wire-puller/, /land-slide/, /carpet-bagger/, /lame-duck/ and /on the fence/; the old words put to new uses: /plank/, /platform/, /machine/, /precinct/, /slate/, /primary/, /floater/, /repeater/, /bolter/, /stalwart/, /filibuster/, /regular/ and /fences/; the new coinages: /gerrymander/, /heeler/, /buncombe/, /roorback/, /mugwump/ and /to bulldoze/; the new derivatives: /abolitionist/, /candidacy/, /boss-rule/, [Pg084] /per-diem/, /to lobby/ and /boodler/; and the…
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The conference report which would have authorized the arming of American ships had failed of Senate approval…… Tense excitement prevailed throughout the entire country, and especially in the Senate itself…… I have felt from that day to this the filibuster was justified.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • But preventing a vote during the next two days spelled only one word—filibuster! George Norris, an advocate of a change in the Senate rules to correct the abuses of filibustering, but feeling strongly that the issue of war itself was at stake, adopted this very tactic "in spite of my repugnance to the method."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Others predicted that agitators would be scattered throughout the audience to make presentation of his arguments impossible, and told the Senator that the torpedoing of three more American merchant ships since the filibuster had further intensified the anger of his constituents.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • But preventing a vote during the next two days spelled only one word—filibuster! George Norris, an advocate of a change in the Senate rules to correct the abuses of filibustering, but feeling strongly that the issue of war itself was at stake, adopted this very tactic "in spite of my repugnance to the method."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • There were mountains of cakes and flagons of pumpkin juice and butterbeer on every surface; Lee Jordan had let off some Filibuster’s Fireworks, so that the air was thick with stars and sparks; and Dean Thomas, who was very good at drawing, had put up some impressive new banners, most of which depicted Harry zooming around the Horntail’s head on his Firebolt, though a couple showed Cedric with his head on fire.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • His dry, simple but persistent language and the quiet intensity of his anger captivated his audience, as he insisted that their newspapers were not giving them the facts and that, despite warnings that he stay away until his role in the filibuster was forgotten, he wanted it to be remembered.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • "Otherwise," he said, "a member of Congress giving weight to expressed public sentiment becomes only an automatic machine, and Congress requires no patriotism, no education, and no courage…… " And so, with only his conscience to sustain him, the Senator worked around the clock to bolster the sagging spirits of his little band, to prepare new speakers for continuous debate and to check every opposition move to end the filibuster.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
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