Meaning of “sympathy vote” in the English Dictionary

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"sympathy vote" in British English

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sympathy votenoun [ S ]

uk /ˈsɪm.pə.θi ˌvəʊt/ us /ˈsɪm.pə.θi ˌvoʊt/ informal

an occasion when a lot of people vote for or support a particular person because he or she has suffered recently:

He won the award, but some suspected he got the sympathy vote following his struggle with cancer.

(Definition of “sympathy vote” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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