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What does it mean to be 'suspended from the service of the House'?

In the House of Commons, or in the Australian House of Representatives or the New Zealand Parliament, a Member can be 'named' (for committing some unparliamentary act e.g. calling a minister a liar), ...
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Is there a specific word that could be used to describe the leader of a planet?

Mayor is a word that specifically means the leader of a town. Chief means the leader of a tribe. Governor means the leader of a state or province. Words like Emperor or King imply the head of a ...
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Word for a gift you get by virtue of your job

I am certain I once read a definition of a word that describes the gift you get only by virtue of your job and not really given to you personally. Like, when the US President gets a rug from the ...
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What to call an area or territory without government control?

Take Somalia for example, the central government has almost no control outside the capital and arguable within it as well (citation needed). Although the government is recognized internationally as ...
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What is the equivalent word for Nationalisation when it is a State seizing the assets?

In several Western countries there is a Federal system in place (US, AU) of States and a National government making laws. In the worst of circumstances, one of those two levels of government may ...
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Confusing wording on gov.uk

Page below: https://www.gov.uk/driving-nongb-licence/y/a-resident-of-great-britain/full-car-and-or-motorcycle/european-union-or-european-economic-area will present you with wording You can drive ...
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Can something be “vapid of” something?

The United States Department of Agriculture defines “food deserts” as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas” ...
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Notarial Deed Translation from Canadian English

I have to translate an English document from Quebec into Polish language. However, there is one sentence that I cannot understand: As the whole now subsists with all its rights members and ...
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Is there a word or idiom in English for describing the moment when goverments blame unknown powers?

Is there an idiom or word for describing the moment or situation when governments blame some unknown power(s) for bad results caused by their own actions? These governments try to acquit themselves by ...
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what does this mean “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. Gordon B. Hinkley”

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds." – Gordon B. Hinkley
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Is it “Ministry of Economy” or “Ministry of the Economy”?

Recently, a government official gave me a business card that stated the official's department as "Ministry of Economy." I did a double take, because, in my mind, I took that to mean "Ministry of ...
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What do you call a government when the rulers are gods?

I'm familiar with most -ocracies. And I don't mean a Theocracy (rule by religious officials). This would probably make more sense in a Fantasy setting (say D&D) where deities actually come down ...
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Where does “three line whip” come from?

In parliament a three line whip is said to be applied when a party seeks to ensure every MP turns up and votes the party line. But why the term "three line" whip? And is there such a thing as a one ...