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politics,

n 1. the art and science of governance, particularly in a democracy or collegial body.
2. the interpersonal relationships noted within group interactions such as can occur in a dental office or clinic.
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He lived life and played politics to the fullest,'' Ferraro said.
Though Ross Perot won nearly 20 percent of the popular vote, the presidential election came down to a choice between two Big Leaguers who'd played politics nearly all their adult lives.
The council played politics, pure and simple, and definitely did not carry out sensible land-use policies.