parish-pump


parish-pump
parish-pump [par′ish pump΄]
adj.
Brit. narrow or limited in scope or outlook; of only local interest or significance [parish-pump politics]

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  • parish pump — noun 1. The symbol of petty local interests 2. Parochialism • • • Main Entry: ↑parish * * * parish pump UK US adjective british old fashioned involving local people only, or interesting only for people in a particular area …   Useful english dictionary

  • parish-pump — [par′ish pump΄] adj. Brit. narrow or limited in scope or outlook; of only local interest or significance [parish pump politics] * * * …   Universalium

  • parish pump — adj [only before noun] BrE old fashioned concerned only with what happens in a small local area ▪ parish pump politics …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • parish-pump — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective chiefly Britain : of local scope or purview : having a restricted outlook or limited interest : parochial smacked less of a serious schism than of a parish pump quarrel Times Literary Supplement * * * adj, always used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • parish pump — n (BrE) a symbol of local affairs and a restricted attitude to wider issues. In the past, the parish pump was the source of water in a village, and so it became the place where people gathered to discuss problems, exchange news, etc: parish pump… …   Universalium

  • parish-pump — /ˈpærɪʃ pʌmp/ (say parish pump) adjective local; parochial: *I have no time at all, fellow citizens and electors, for parish pump politics, thumb nail theorising and platitudinous ponderosity. –eric curry, 1940 …   Australian English dictionary

  • parish pump — /pærɪʃ ˈpʌmp/ (say parish pump) noun a pump forming the common water supply for a small rural community, regarded as the gathering place for gossip and a symbol of parochialism …   Australian English dictionary

  • parish pump — adjective (only before noun) BrE old fashioned concerned only with a small local area: parish pump politics …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • parish pump — UK / US adjective British old fashioned involving local people only, or interesting only for people in a particular area parish pump politics …   English dictionary

  • parish-pump — adjective Brit. of local importance only; parochial …   English new terms dictionary