Definition of the spoils system noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the spoils system

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(in US politics) the system in which the winner of an election gives government jobs to his or her party workers and supporters. The tradition was begun by President Andrew Jackson and is followed by each new US president.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the spoils system