Meaning of Rump Parliament

Rump' Par"liament

Pronunciation: [key]
— Eng. Hist. Eng. Hist.
  1. the remnant of the Long Parliament established by the expulsion of the Presbyterian members in 1648, dismissed by force in 1653, and restored briefly in 1659–60.
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