There is a sentence:

It now has a small presence in parliament, after a landslide win in by-elections deemed generally free and fair in April.

What does a phrase landslide win mean here? Thank you.

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    This kind of question can easily be answered by a little bit of research. Just look up "landslide" in any reasonable dictionary. There are dozens online. – user21497 Nov 19 '12 at 9:05
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It's just landslide not landslide win. And it means the majority of votes for one party in an election. Here is a description from NOAD:

2 an overwhelming majority of votes for one party in an election: winning the election by a landslide | [ as modifier ] : a landslide victory.

  • Obama "won by a landslide" in the Electoral College but by only a slim majority in the popular vote. The little word "overwhelming" means "at least a 60-40" (3:2) victory, not a mere 50.1-49.9% victory, which is a "simple majority". – user21497 Nov 19 '12 at 9:03

Landside is not really used to describe by-elections, which have very little, if any effect on who's in power. It would be used about, for example, general elections. In these instances it would refer to a state of affairs where one party had a majority of MP's, forming the government of the UK before the election and another party overturns this by getting a massive number of MP's elected and forming the government after the election.

A case in point occurred in 1997: before the general election the Conservatives had 343 MP's to Labour's 274; after it the Conservatives had only a rump of 165 MP's remaining while Labour had an overwhelming 418.

It would not be used in circumstances where one party had, say, a small majority of MP's prior to an election and a huge majority of them afterwards. Just as an actual landslide changes the physical landscape, an election landslide changes the political landscape.

  • I don't know is this is US vs UK, but here in the US, if a party had a big majority before the election and won re-election by a large margin, we would call that a landslide even though the end result is that nothing has changed. – Jay Nov 19 '12 at 16:54

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