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1. A person who acts independently or remains neutral, especially in politics.
2. often Mugwump A Republican who bolted the party in 1884, refusing to support presidential candidate James G. Blaine.

[Massachusett mugguomp, mummugguomp, war leader.]

mug′wump′er·y n.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US a neutral or independent person, esp in politics
[C19: from Algonquian: great chief, from mogki great + -omp man]
ˈmugˌwumpery, ˈmugˌwumpism n
ˈmugˌwumpish adj
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1. a Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884.
2. a person who takes an independent position.
[1830–35, Amer.; artificial 19th-century revival of Massachusett (E sp.) mugquomp, syncopated form of muggumquomp war leader]
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A person who remains independent or neutral in politics.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mugwump - someone who bolted from the Republican Party during the U.S. presidential election of 1884
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
2.mugwump - a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)mugwump - a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
individualist - a person who pursues independent thought or action
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[ˈmʌgwʌmp] N (US) → votante mf independiente
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n (US Pol) → Unabhängige(r) mf
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He once used the word "mugwump" to describe Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
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"Boris Johnson is a cack-handed, cheeseheaded fopdoodle, with a talent for slummocking about, who would do less damage to Britain's reputation in the world if Theresa May sacked him as Foreign Secretary and replaced him with a souvenir paperweight." Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson, after Boris called Jeremy Corbyn a "mutton-headed old mugwump".
|Mutton-headed old mugwump. FOREIGN Secretary Boris Johnson's description of Mr Corbyn will go down as his most colourful language in this campaign.
They say to themselves 'He may be a muttonheaded old mugwump, but he is probably harmless"' - Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
|Mutton-headed old mugwump Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is renowned for his turn of phrase, and his description of Mr Corbyn will go down as his most colourful language in this campaign.