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Definition examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
  • She has been canvassing the membership to see how they feel and to ask for their support.
canvassing = talking with people individually
  • We need to canvass a wider body of student opinion.
  • canvass = examine or ask questions of
  • At the Meetings Snowball often won over the majority by his brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at canvassing support for himself in between times.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • canvassing = getting (votes)
  • The tense, receptive, otherworldly faces of the soldiers were as real as if the presence of death had washed the canvasses with the glaze of truth.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • This observation deserves to be canvassed.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I canvassed when a student in this way and found the method successful.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The subject which had been so warmly canvassed between their parents, about a twelvemonth ago, was now brought forward again.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Therefore they worked hard, but not harder than Judge Driscoll and Tom worked against them in the closing days of the canvass.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • Sean's eyes canvassed her whole body.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Because she'd do the work and not try and make them go canvassing on weekends.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • This subject has been very narrowly canvassed among them, and it has been debated whether a firm and entire health could be called a pleasure or not.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • He is canvassed by a multitude of applicants, who seek to deceive him in a thousand different ways, but who instruct him by their deceit.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Between ourselves, you know, Crofton (he's a decent chap, of course), but he's not worth a damn as a canvasser.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • In those days, this matter of slavery had never been canvassed as it has now; nobody dreamed of any harm in it.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • They continued canvassing every inch of the area, searching for any possible advantage they could gain over the verbeeg.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • If it is to be an Illumination party, Booth will canvass the city's notable residences for signs of a celebration.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • I'm not canvassing for members.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Do, an thou darest for thy heart: an thou dost, I'll canvass thee between a pair of sheets.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • He fondly hoped he had done with the sea for ever, and made sure he had got hold of all the bliss on earth, but it came to canvassing in the end.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I wish Frederick would spread a little more canvass, and bring us home one of these young ladies to Kellynch.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion

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