first past the post

first past the post
first past the post
Having reached the winning post first, having won the race (see also ↑first-past-the-post under ↑first)
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first past the post british phrase
a system in which someone wins an election if they receive the most votes, even if they do not receive a majority of the total votes
Thesaurus: elections and relating to the electoral systemhyponym to be a candidate or winner in an electionsynonym
Main entry: post

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(of a contestant, esp. a horse, in a race) winning a race by being the first to reach the finish line
[attrib.] Brit. denoting an electoral system in which a candidate or party is selected by achievement of a simple majority

our first-past-the-post electoral system


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