committee of the whole
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a committee comprising all the members of a legislative body, etc. under more informal rules than those used in a regular session
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The whole membership of a legislative body sitting as a committee to consider the details of a proposal.