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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

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

The power of the silent filibuster to distort Senate politics is now accepted on Capitol Hill and by the press as normal and not worth mentioning. Let me be the skunk at this political garden party and say this stinks. Representative government was not designed to work this way by the Founding Fathers.
Juan Williams

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

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

Filibusters have proliferated because under current rules just one or two determined senators can stop the Senate from functioning. Today, the mere threat of a filibuster is enough to stop a vote; senators are rarely asked to pull all-nighters like Jimmy Stewart in 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.'
Evan Bayh
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Filibuster Translations

filibuster in Spanish is filibustero
filibuster in Swedish is fribytare

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