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 for Rump Parliament
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rump \Rump\, n. [OE. rumpe; akin to D. romp trunk, body, LG.
     rump, G. rumpf, Dan. rumpe rump, Icel. rumpr, Sw. rumpa rump,
     1. The end of the backbone of an animal, with the parts
        adjacent; the buttock or buttocks.
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     2. Among butchers, the piece of beef between the sirloin and
        the aitchbone piece. See Illust. of Beef.
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     3. Fig.: The hind or tail end; a fag-end; a remnant.
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     Rump Parliament, or The Rump (Eng. Hist.), the remnant of
        the Long Parliament after the expulsion by Cromwell in
        1648 of those who opposed his purposes. It was dissolved
        by Cromwell in 1653, but twice revived for brief sessions,
        ending finally in 1659.
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              The Rump abolished the House of Lords, the army
              abolished the Rump, and by this army of saints
              Cromwell governed.                    --Swift.
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     Rump steak, a beefsteak from the rump. --Goldsmith.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Parliament \Par"lia*ment\, n. [OE. parlement, F. parlement, fr.
     parler to speak; cf. LL. parlamentum, parliamentum. See
     1. A parleying; a discussion; a conference. [Obs.]
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              But first they held their parliament. --Rom. of R.
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     2. A formal conference on public affairs; a general council;
        esp., an assembly of representatives of a nation or people
        having authority to make laws.
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              They made request that it might be lawful for them
              to summon a parliament of Gauls.      --Golding.
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     3. The assembly of the three estates of the United Kingdom of
        Great Britain and Ireland, viz., the lords spiritual,
        lords temporal, and the representatives of the commons,
        sitting in the House of Lords and the House of Commons,
        constituting the legislature, when summoned by the royal
        authority to consult on the affairs of the nation, and to
        enact and repeal laws.
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     Note: Thought the sovereign is a constituting branch of
           Parliament, the word is generally used to denote the
           three estates named above.
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     4. In France, before the Revolution of 1789, one of the
        several principal judicial courts.
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     Parliament heel, the inclination of a ship when made to
        careen by shifting her cargo or ballast.
     Parliament hinge (Arch.), a hinge with so great a
        projection from the wall or frame as to allow a door or
        shutter to swing back flat against the wall.
     Long Parliament, Rump Parliament. See under Long, and
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