drop the writ
to drop the writ (third-person singular simple present drops the writ, present participle dropping the writ, simple past and past participle dropped the writ)
Last modified on 11 November 2012, at 13:39
- (Canada, idiomatic) To call a federal or provincial election.
- 2000, Allison Dunfield, "Chrétien calls election for Nov. 27," Globe and Mail (Toronto), 22 Oct.,
- Mr. Chrétien visited Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson and asked her to drop the writ, meaning that for the next 36 days, Canada will be hit with election fever.