Definition of Take the floor

1. Verb. Stand up to dance.

Generic synonyms: Arise, Get Up, Rise, Stand Up, Uprise

2. Verb. Rise in order to make a speech or motion.
Entails: Address, Speak

Definition of Take the floor

1. Verb. (intransitive) To speak at a public meeting. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take The Floor

take the Fifth
take the Fifth Amendment
take the Michael
take the air
take the biscuit
take the bull by the horns
take the cake
take the con
take the count
take the cross
take the cure
take the fall
take the field
take the fifth
take the floor (current term)
take the game to
take the heat
take the hint
take the lead
take the liberty
take the mick
take the mickey
take the offensive
take the pee
take the pledge
take the plunge
take the rap
take the red pill

Literary usage of Take the floor

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1. Orations, Addresses and Speeches of Chauncey M. Depew by Chauncey Mitchell Depew (1910)
"At the time of which I speak no one was prepared to take the floor; and if no one did take the floor, then a would come and Senator Quay's carefully ..."

2. The New American Government and Its Work by James Thomas Young (1915)
"... which list he then delivers at the Speaker's desk, thereby fixing the order in which the members of his party shall take the floor; or more usually he ..."

3. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1868)
"If your first effort does not succeed, take the right side ; if that does not do, take the left ; if that does not do, take the floor. ..."

4. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"... floor addressing the house, and certainly you will not take the floor from me." Mr. Inge. " I ask the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. Stanton) to yield ..."

5. Fifty years among the Baptists by David Benedict (1860)
"... SPEAKERS take the floor Too OFTEN.—Too LONG. ONE year after the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention, or in 1846, the old Triennial Convention, ..."

6. Proceedings of the ... Convention by Boot and Shoe Workers Union (1907)
"One of thini is - delegate and has a right to take the floor. The other Is not a delegate, but I believe he should be heard and let the brothers and sisters ..."

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