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left wing (n.)

also (as an adjective) left-wing, 1871 in the political sense (1530s in a military formation sense), from left (adj.) + wing (n.). Related: Left-winger.

updated on February 13, 2012

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Definitions of left wing from WordNet

left wing (n.)
those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare;
Synonyms: left
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