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Party

Any person involved in a transaction or proceeding. A group of voters organized for the purpose of influencing governmental policy, particularly through the nomination and election of candidates for public office.

Plaintiffs and defendants are Parties in lawsuits, for example. They have the right to make claims and defenses, offer proof, and examine and cross-examine witnesses at trials. They can pursue appeals after unsatisfactory judgments if they satisfy designated criteria.In the United States, the Democrats and the Republicans make up the two major national political parties.

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Democratic Party; Republican Party.

party

n. 1) one of the participants in a lawsuit or other legal proceeding who has an interest in the outcome. Parties include plaintiff (person filing suit), defendant (person sued or charged with a crime), petitioner (files a petition asking for a court ruling), respondent (usually in opposition to a petition or an appeal), cross-complainant (a defendant who sues someone else in the same lawsuit), or cross-defendant (a person sued by a cross-complainant). 2) a person or entity involved in an agreement. 3) a common reference by lawyers to people or entities involved in lawsuits, transactions, contracts, accidents, as in "both parties knew what was expected," "he is a party to the contract," "he was not a party to the criminal conspiracy..." (See: plaintiff, defendant, petitioner, respondent, contract, indispensable party, necessary party, proper party, real party in interest)

PARTY, practice, contracts. When applied to practice, by party is understood either the plaintiff or defendant. In contracts, a party is one or more persons who engage to perform or receive the performance of some agreement. Vide Parties to contracts; Parties to 'actions; Parties to a suit in equity.

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One time a group of us organized this skate jam thing for Keg Party 'Zine called "Ten Ditches in One Day." We didn't include this ditch in our plans.
The image of the stereotypical taxman, after all, is that of an ascetic in a cheap grey suit grimly toting up columns of numbers - not of a frat boy in a Hawaiian shirt guzzling beer at a keg party. These are the people who expect us to report our income with the highest degree of honesty and accuracy, the ones who, when they feel we've fallen short of that standard, can impose fines, seize our cars and homes, garnishee our wages, and humiliate us before our neighbors.
A cast fully deserving of their flimsy CVs plays your standard group of sex-crazed teenagers who head to an isolated Texas ranch for a keg party. While everyone's there to get drunk and stoned, the lads also hope to get it on with the babelicious Mandy Lane (Amber Heard), their school's perpetual virgin.
And, just like an innocent keg party that got out of hand, too many bees showed up and someone had to break up their fun.