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Turkeys voting for Christmas

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Turkeys voting for Christmas

Turkeys voting for Christmas (British English; American English: turkeys voting for Thanksgiving[1]) is an idiom used as a metaphor or simile (in the construct "like turkeys voting for Christmas") in reference to a suicidal ("death-wish"[2]) political act, especially a vote.

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations writes that a commentator in the Independent Magazine traced the origin of the phrase to David Penhaligon, [2] who is quoted as saying: "Us voting for the Pact is like a turkey voting for Christmas" in reference to the Lib-Lab Pact.[3]

The phrase was soon borrowed by other politicians and public figures.[2] In particular, British MP Teresa Gorman was awarded by the French[specify] with a "foreign political humour prize"[2] for the phrase "If the House of Commons voted for Maastricht it would be like 651 turkeys voting for Christmas."[4]


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