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Definition of Filibuster

Filibuster

  1. A lawless military adventurer, especially one in quest of plunder; a freebooter; -- originally applied to buccaneers infesting the Spanish American coasts, but introduced into common English to designate the followers of Lopez in his expedition to Cuba in 1851, and those of Walker in his expedition to Nicaragua, in 1855.
  2. To act as a filibuster, or military freebooter.
  3. To delay legislation, by dilatory motions or other artifices.

Filibuster Quotations

No one likes the Electoral College, expect perhaps those who were elected because of it. No one likes gerrymandering, except those doing the gerrymandering. No one likes the filibuster, except those doing the filibustering.
Kevin Bleyer

We demand that segregation be ended in every school district in the year 1963! We demand that we have effective civil rights legislation - no compromise, no filibuster - and that include public accommodations, decent housing, integrated education, FEPC and the right to vote.
Bayard Rustin

In the first 50 years of the filibuster, it was used only 35 times. But the last Congress alone had 112 cloture motions filed, plus threats of more. This is the tyranny of the minority.
Peter Fenn

Voter suppression laws, overzealous filibuster use, you name it - the Republicans use every tactic they can to stop our democracy from actually selecting the person with the most support.
Jennifer Granholm

They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
Clare Boothe Luce
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Filibuster Translations

filibuster in Spanish is filibustero
filibuster in Swedish is fribytare
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