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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hustings  \Hus"tings\,  n.  pl  [OE.  husting  an  assembly,  coucil, 
  AS  h?sting;  of  Scand.  origin;  cf  Icel.  h?s?ing;  h?s  home  + 
  ?ing  thing  assembly,  meeting;  akin  to  Dan.  &  Sw  ting,  E. 
  thing  See  {House},  and  {Thing}.] 
  1.  A  court  formerly  held  in  several  cities  of  England; 
  specif.,  a  court  held  in  London,  before  the  lord  mayor, 
  recorder,  and  sheriffs,  to  determine  certain  classes  of 
  suits  for  the  recovery  of  lands  within  the  city.  In  the 
  progress  of  law  reform  this  court  has  become  unimportant. 
  --Mozley  &  W. 
 
  2.  Any  one  of  the  temporary  courts  held  for  the  election  of 
  members  of  the  British  Parliament. 
 
  3.  The  platform  on  which  candidates  for  Parliament  formerly 
  stood  in  addressing  the  electors.  [Eng.] 
 
  When  the  rotten  hustings  shake  In  another  month  to 
  his  brazen  lies.  --Tennyson. 




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