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three-line whip

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˌθriː.laɪnˈwɪp/ us  
In the UK a three-line whip is an instruction given to Members of Parliament by the leaders of their party telling them they must vote in the way that the party wants them to on a particular subject.
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