nuclear option

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A procedure by which the United States Senate can decide any issue with a simple majority, rather than the usual supermajority.

Etymology:

  • From analogy with the political decision to be the first to use nuclear weapons in a war.
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Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'nuclear option':

nuclear optionIn resolving a problem, the possible course of action that is considered the most extreme because of its collateral consequences.
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