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 for Committee of the whole [house]
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Committee \Com*mit"tee\, n. [Cf. OF. comit['e] company, and LL.
     comitatus jurisdiction or territory of a count, county,
     assize, army. The word was apparently influenced by the verb
     commit, but not directly formed from it. Cf. County.]
     One or more persons elected or appointed, to whom any matter
     or business is referred, either by a legislative body, or by
     a court, or by any collective body of men acting together.
     [1913 Webster]
     Committee of the whole [house], a committee, embracing all
        the members present, into which a legislative or
        deliberative body sometimes resolves itself, for the
        purpose of considering a particular measure under the
        operation of different rules from those governing the
        general legislative proceedings. The committee of the
        whole has its own chairman, and reports its action in the
        form of recommendations.
     Standing committee. See under Standing.
        [1913 Webster]

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