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Topic: POLITICS

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Elbridge Gerry (1744-1818), US politician + salamander; because a voting area he made to help his own party win an election was said to be shaped like a salamander

gerrymandering

noun
     
ger‧ry‧man‧der‧ing [uncountable]
PP when politicians change the size and borders of an area before an election, so that one person, group, or party has an unfair advantage
gerrymander verb [intransitive and transitive]
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