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MAJOR, persons. One who has attained his full age, and has acquired all his civil rights; one who is no longer a minor; an adult.

MAJOR. Military language. The lowest of the staff officers; a degree higher than captain.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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MAJOR EXPENSE: police protection for John Major at Edgbaston totalled pounds 800 a day; NO COST: Will Smith and Beverley Knight
And what a pity John Major didn't have the guts to spike Ms Currie's guns by going public first.
Beginning with the end - Election day, May 1st 1997, the day eighteen years of Conservative government came to an end - the book goes on to document in fascinating fashion the critical points in John Major's career: Margaret Thatcher's downfall; Black Wednesday in 1992; his part in negotiations for the Irish peace process; the leadership re-election in 1995; the Major-style and what people thought of it within the Parliament and within the media; and of course the inside story of the 1997 Conservative election campaign.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major with former Foreign Secretary David Miliband in South Shields last night Tim McGuinness
"The fact John Major is now following the First Minister's idea, is to be welcomed.
We now have the ex prime minister Sir John Major talking of a windfall tax on the utility companies.
But John Major, of Holmfirth, won't be going down the "spend, spend, spend" route out of control.
1992: John Major climbs onto his soapbox Prime Minister John Major gets onto his soapbox to persuade Conservatives to come out and vote.
Summary: Ed Miliband, Harriet Harman and Sir John Major will give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on Tuesday.
These changes were introduced by John Major's LAST Tory lot, before pensionable age was increased to 66 by 2020.
The survey put Lady Thatcher's successor Sir John Major bottom of the rankings on both counts.