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n, pl -cos
a match for starting a fire
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(ˌloʊ koʊˈfoʊ koʊ)

n., pl. -cos.
1. a member of a radical faction of the New York City Democrats, organized in 1835.
2. (l.c.) a friction match or cigar developed in the 19th century, ignited by rubbing against any hard, dry surface.
[orig. “self-lighting”]
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But now, should you go thither to seek him, you would inquire in vain for the Locofoco Surveyor.
AS ALL THIS social and economic ferment was underway, the locofoco and Young America movements emerged.
(66) Smith, as we saw earlier, had also been the Working Men's Party candidate for lieutenant governor of New York in 1830 and the Locofoco candidate for governor of New York in 1836.
In some ways, especially in terms of electoral organization, the 1870s antimonopolists and, say, the Greenbackers have more in common organizationally with the Liberty Party, the Free Soilers, and even the Locofoco movement than with the Populists and Progressives.
Even as the story "Second Thoughts Best" valorizes the metropolitan woman's knowledge of party politics, it represents shifting party allegiances as "unstable and accidental" and the fragmenting of Democrats into Locofoco and other factions as "petty wrangling" that separates lovers as well as men otherwise affiliated (342, 340).
The concert will conclude with "Locofoco," an ensemble piece in which movements from the four previous dances are abstracted and reintroduced, to music composed by Melissa Stark.
Earle (169) "was hailed with enthusiasm by large sections of the Democratic, or Locofoco, Party." (170)
* James Ray and John Parr have started a locofoco paper in Maine called the Democrat.
"Free banking" allowed free entry into banking provided certain preconditions were satisfied, and was favored by "locofoco" Democrats.
The less numerous but more radical group, epitomized by Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri and the Locofoco contingent of New York City Democrats, advocated a complete "divorce" of the national government from dealings with all banks in an effort to promote hard money.
Shona, the director of Glasgow design agency Locofoco, said: "Stevie Wonder's album Inner Visions was the most wonderful thing I'd ever heard.
Brownlow, A Political Register, Setting Forth the Principles of the Whig and Locofoco Parties in the United States, with the Life and Public Services of Henry Clay (Jonesborough, 1844),120, Jonesborough Whig, 8 July 1840; Nashville Whig, 30 August 1839.