Houses of Parliament


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Houses of Parliament

(in Britain) n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the building in which the House of Commons and the House of Lords assemble
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) these two chambers considered together
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Noun1.Houses of Parliament - the building in which the House of Commons and the House of Lords meet
City of Westminster, Westminster - a borough of Greater London on the Thames; contains Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
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Houses of Parliament

(Brit) npl the Houses of Parliament (building) → il palazzo del Parlamento; (members) → il Parlamento
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The king of Great Britain, on his part, has an absolute negative upon the acts of the two houses of Parliament. The disuse of that power for a considerable time past does not affect the reality of its existence; and is to be ascribed wholly to the crown's having found the means of substituting influence to authority, or the art of gaining a majority in one or the other of the two houses, to the necessity of exerting a prerogative which could seldom be exerted without hazarding some degree of national agitation.
Hugh answering in the affirmative, they went slowly down to Westminster, where both houses of Parliament were then sitting.
All the members of the judiciary department are appointed by him, can be removed by him on the address of the two Houses of Parliament, and form, when he pleases to consult them, one of his constitutional councils.
It would overtop the Houses of Parliament, and even the Great Pyramid of Egypt.
"Woolwich is safe, and the Houses of Parliament and Whitehall.
The sun was just setting, and the Clock Tower and the Houses of Parliament rose against one of the most peaceful skies it is possible to imagine, a sky of gold, barred with long trans- verse stripes of reddish-purple cloud.
After spending a week in Cape Town, finding that they overcharged me at the hotel, and having seen everything there was to see, including the botanical gardens, which seem to me likely to confer a great benefit on the country, and the new Houses of Parliament, which I expect will do nothing of the sort, I determined to go back to Natal by the /Dunkeld/, then lying at the docks waiting for the /Edinburgh Castle/ due in from England.
When he reached the Abbey, he turned back and crossed Westminster Bridge and sat down to watch the trails of smoke behind the Houses of Parliament catch fire with the sunset.
Besides reporting in the Houses of Parliament Dickens dashed about the country in post-chaises gathering news for his paper, writing by flickering candle-light while his carriage rushed along, at what seemed then the tremendous speed of fifteen miles an hour.
He walked on complacently as far as the Houses of Parliament. There an empty stomach asserted itself, and told him he was a fool.
There was a cloud of dense smoke somewhere near the Houses of Parliament, but it was impossible from where we were to see what was on fire.
The image of the lighthouse and the storm full of birds persisted, taking the place of more definite thoughts, as he walked past the Houses of Parliament and down Grosvenor Road, by the side of the river.