by-electionnoun [ C ]uk /ˈbaɪ.ɪˌlek.ʃən/ us /ˈbaɪ.ɪˌlek.ʃən/
Examples from literature
- A by-election had to be fought in Clare, Mr. Fitzgerald seeking re-election on joining the Government.
- A little later I was to speak somewhere in the North of England at a by-election in support of the party candidate.
- Consequently property-owners were not only cut down to one vote in one district at a general election, but were prevented from voting in another district at a by-election.
- I suppose I have fought as many by-elections as most people, and I know that all the advantages lie with the attacking force.
- Much more serious was the split with Labour, which led to the loss of seat after seat at by-elections, when the allied forces which stood behind the Parliament Act attacked each other and let the Tories in.