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canvass
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
  • There were plenty of reasons why he should not go—public reasons why he should not quit his post at this crisis, leaving Mr. Brooke in the lurch when he needed "coaching" for the election, and when there was so much canvassing, direct and indirect, to be carried on.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (67% in)
  • Mr. Brooke on this occasion abstained from boasting of his tactics to Ladislaw, who for his part was glad enough to persuade himself that he had no concern with any canvassing except the purely argumentative sort, and that he worked no meaner engine than knowledge.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (70% in)
  • Deputations without and voices within had concurred in inducing that philanthropist to take a stronger measure than usual for the good of mankind; namely, to withdraw in favor of another candidate, to whom he left the advantages of his canvassing machinery.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (77% in)

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