pocket borough

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pocket borough

n.
A borough in England, before the parliamentary reform of 1832, whose representation was controlled by a single person or family.

pocket borough

n
(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

pock′et bor`ough


n.
(before 1832) an English borough whose representation in Parliament was controlled by an individual or family.
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Noun1.pocket borough - a sparsely populated borough in which all or most of the land is owned by a single family
borough - an English town that forms the constituency of a member of parliament
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Let 'em quash every pocket borough to-morrow, and bring in every mushroom town in the kingdom--they'll only increase the expense of getting into Parliament.
THE BJP faces the onerous task of salvaging its pride in the eight pocket boroughs it lost to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 2013 Delhi Assembly polls.
They come floating in the family pocket boroughs, preserved and secured with criminal might of their musclemen.
The defeat of the Congress even in its two pocket boroughs, Amethi and Rae Bareily, together with Punjab and Goa is disastrous to say the least.
Of course, there were plenty of pocket boroughs, with proprietors selling their seats on the open market.
Not since pocket boroughs were abolished by the 1832 Reform Act have political candidates been able to buy influence in the blatant way that Lord Ashcroft is trying to do by flooding marginal seats with his funds.