line-item vetoline-i·tem veto
(plural line-item vetos)
- the power of an executive in government to nullify or cancel specific provisions of a bill, usually budget appropriations, without vetoing the entire legislative package.
- I'm sorry the speaker isn't here, he's up on the hill on last-minute negotiations. He's going over his prenup and wants a line-item veto. (The West Wing, Season 2, Episode 18, Josh)