pocket borough


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pocket borough

n.
A borough in England, before the parliamentary reform of 1832, whose representation was controlled by a single person or family.

pocket borough

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (before the Reform Act of 1832) an English borough constituency controlled by one person or family who owned the land. Compare rotten borough

pock′et bor`ough


n.
(before 1832) an English borough whose representation in Parliament was controlled by an individual or family.
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Noun1.pocket borough - a sparsely populated borough in which all or most of the land is owned by a single family
borough - an English town that forms the constituency of a member of parliament
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Let 'em quash every pocket borough to-morrow, and bring in every mushroom town in the kingdom--they'll only increase the expense of getting into Parliament.
Jaganmohan Reddy, who is seeking a second term from the family pocket borough of Pulivendual in Kadapa went to file his nomination in a big procession.
Imagine, then the "princess" from the country's premier family, taking "her" people in the family pocket borough into confidence on the humiliations that the opposition has tried to heap upon her.
The Gandhi scion is on a three-day visit to the family's pocket borough constituency of Amethi and Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh.
It is a personal loss for Adityanath who till now thought the seat was his pocket borough. Ever since he was named Chief Minister of the country's most populous state, he made weekly visits to Gorakhpur, including for prayers at the Gorakhnath temple, where he still is the head priest.
The Republican Party losing the State of Alabama, in terms of Sri Lankan and Indian electoral politics is similar to Bandaranaikes' losing their pocket borough Attanagalla electoral division and the Gandhi family losing the Amethi electoral division in the northern Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress leader is in the fray from Arki in Solan district, a BJP pocket borough that he chose himself.
The third phase will put to test not only the BJP's hold on its traditional stronghold such as Patna but also determine the sway of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his native Nalanda district and that of Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on his pocket borough of Hajipur.
His visit to Amethi came days after Union Minister Smriti Irani's tour of the Congress pocket borough -- where she had unsuccessfully contested against Gandhi in the last Lok Sabha election -- and her charge that he cared more for a business house than for the farmers of Amethi.
For example, one of Rockingham's allies, Lord Verney, arranged for Burke's first election to Parliament from the pocket borough of Wendover.
If anything this only strengthened Lord Pembroke's interest in what remained a pocket borough: Wilton, which still only had a registered electorate of 298 at the 1832 general election, continued to elect Conservatives for its now single seat for many years.