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free shot
 n.— «The current arrangement also means Baltimore City officials don’t have to give up their seats to run for the legislature or statewide office. The practice is called a “free shot.” McFadden did it in 1986 when, as a Baltimore city councilman, he challenged an incumbent state senator and lost. Now an incumbent senator, McFadden said he thinks Baltimore officials need to be willing to give up their posts to run for state office.» —“Proposal seeks to reschedule Baltimore elections” by Melissa Harris Baltimore Sun (Maryland) Mar. 9, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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