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Mince-pie administration

Matthew Kilburn

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/95200

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Mince-pie administration (act. 1783–1784), was the derisive nickname given to the political ministry formed on 18 December 1783, headed by William Pitt. The term was apparently coined by the whig political hostess Frances, Lady Crewe, and expressed the belief widespread within the political élite that the ministry would not survive Christmas (...

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