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A tactic used by a legislative representative to hinder and delay consideration of and action to be taken on a proposed bill through prolonged, irrelevant, and procrastinating speeches on the floor of the House, Senate, or other legislative body.

A filibuster is stopped by cloture, a legislative procedure that enables a vote to be taken on the proposed measure.


noun attempt to obstruct legislation, blockage, cunctation, delay, delay in legislation, dilatory obstruction, hindrance, impediment, interference, obstruction to congressional action, prevention of congressional action, protraction, retardation, retardment, stalling, stoppage
See also: delay, detain, forestall, hold up, procrastinate, prolong, protract, restrain, stall
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The talk both on these national weather channels, and on local newscasts (with weather 'on the tens') never flags, and you see these climatic filibusterers grow almost cheerful when they have actual tornado damage to report
The middle years of the seventeenth century were dark times for the city of Caracas, when the Camino Real carried little trade but much bad news-the earthquake of 1641, epidemics and plagues (including one of mice, a year later), and attacks by filibusterers on Maracaibo and La Guaira.
A native of New York, Paulding had a distinguished naval career as acting lieutenant of the Ticonderoga in the Battle of Lake Champlain (1813), in service against the Barbary pirates (1815), in a campaign against Walker's filibusterers in Nicaragua (1857), and as commandant of the New York navy yard (1861-65).