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Searches for "maverick" are trending

“Maverick” has been one of the most-searched words at TheFreeDictionary.com on July 28, 2017, after it appeared in news headlines Friday following a surprise vote by US Sen. John McCain, known as a maverick in the political arena, against his party’s “skinny repeal” healthcare bill early Friday morning.

What is a maverick?

“Maverick” is defined as a person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which he or she belongs. In that same vein, the term can be used as an adjective to describe people or things that display independence of thought and action, as in “maverick politicians” and “a maverick decision.”

Where does the word “maverick” come from?

The term likely comes from the surname of Samuel Augustus Maverick, a 19th-century Texas rancher who bucked convention by not branding his cattle. For that reason, the term “maverick” is also used to refer to an unbranded animal, especially a stray calf.
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