1 sometimes sing valuables seized by violence, esp. in war
2 (Chiefly U.S.) the rewards and benefits of public office regarded as plunder for the winning party or candidate See also →
n (Chiefly U.S) the practice of filling appointive public offices with friends and supporters of the ruling political party
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