political football

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Ongoing unproductive wrangling or posturing between political factions, resulting in failure to deal with an issue or problem in a decisive or appropriate way.

Etymology:

  • An allusion to being "kicked back and forth" by opposing politicians, like a ball.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'political football':

political footballA contentious political issue or problem that is often debated or discussed, but that remains unresolved; an issue or problem which is avoided by authorities and handed off to others.
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