rotten borough


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rotten borough

n.
An election district having only a few voters but the same voting power as other more populous districts.

rotten borough

n
1. (Historical Terms) (before the Reform Act of 1832) any of certain English parliamentary constituencies with only a very few electors. Compare pocket borough
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (before the Reform Act of 1832) any of certain English parliamentary constituencies with only a very few electors. Compare pocket borough

rot′ten bor′ough


n.
1. (before the Reform Bill of 1832) an English borough that had very few voters yet was represented in Parliament.
2. any election district that has more representatives in a legislative body than the number of its constituents would normally call for.
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Noun1.rotten borough - an English parliamentary constituency with few electors
borough - an English town that forms the constituency of a member of parliament
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Brooke, taking up the paper and trying to bear the attack as easily as his neighbor did, but coloring and smiling rather nervously; "that about roaring himself red at rotten boroughs--I never made a speech about rotten boroughs in my life.
Even political principle must have been in danger of relaxation under such circumstances; and the violin, faithful to rotten boroughs, must have been tempted to fraternize in a demoralizing way with a reforming violoncello.
By the 18th century, Old Sarum had become a pocket rotten borough of the Pitt family,
Meanwhile, the rotten borough of "Old Sarum, long owned by the Pitt family .
I don't need to go to Wikipedia to find out the meaning of a rotten borough.
His seat for a Yorkshire rotten borough was abolished by the Reform Act and he failed to get back into the Commons after 1832.
This is not a remote rotten borough poll with no effect on long term policy.
Appeals to uphold the historic honour of the town were always being made: the Liverpool electorate were threatened with the ignominy of being regarded as little better than a Cornish rotten borough should they fail to assert their independence in voting.
Yet what a rotten borough it has proven to be, run by a council riven with petty rivalries, infighting, backstabbing and bickering.
Or the parachuting of Downing Street favourites into safe seats, in best rotten borough fashion, as is currently being attempted in Erith and Thamesmead in London?
Sadly, he's been replaced by some talentless changeling who thinks that gurning at a camera and saying 'Belfast' is right up there with the Blackadder rotten borough episode when it comes to biting political comedy.
Stafford survived, but its reputation as a "rotten borough" - electorally speaking - survived too, in an era when the rotten borough was meant to be a thing of the past.