WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
spoils sys•tem /ˈspɔɪlz ˌsɪstəm/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
Governmentthe practice in which public offices are filled with supporters of the victorious political party.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
spoils sys′tem, 
Governmentthe system or practice in which public offices with their emoluments and advantages are at the disposal of the victorious party for its own purposes.
Etymology:1830–40, American.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

spoils system n
  1. chiefly US the practice of filling appointive public offices with friends and supporters of the ruling political party



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