pocket borough(redirected from pocket boroughs)
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Related to pocket boroughs: Rotten boroughs, List of rotten boroughs
A borough in England, before the parliamentary reform of 1832, whose representation was controlled by a single person or family.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (before the Reform Act of 1832) an English borough constituency controlled by one person or family who owned the land. Compare rotten borough
(before 1832) an English borough whose representation in Parliament was controlled by an individual or family.