mugwumpery


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mug·wump

 (mŭg′wŭmp′)
n.
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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