appropriator appropriator  /ə ˈproʊ pri ˌeɪ tər/


  • (n) someone who takes for his or her own use (especially without permission)


  1. Though under scrutiny for his close ties to lobbyists at the center of a corruption investigation, Pennsylvania Representative John Murtha, a Defense appropriator, pushed to add $9 .
  2. He wrote the character of Sammy Glick, his novel's screenwriter antihero, as such a crass schemer, appropriator of other men's work and trampler of decency that no one could .
  3. What's more, Pelosi has tapped Wisconsin's David Obey, a 37-year veteran of the House who is the top Democratic appropriator, with drafting the actual earmark reforms, a troubling .



  1. "Whatever my constituents ask for, I try to meet their needs. When you're an appropriator, obviously, you are able to do things, so I try to help as much as I can," Pastor said in an interview with The Arizona Republic. "The situation is...
    on Mar 11, 2009 By: Ed Pastor Source: AZ

  2. And then Obey begins his first question with the key phrase: "As an Appropriator:." "As an Appropriator I must ask, what will that policy cost and how will we pay for it? We are now in the middle of a fundamental debate over reforming our...
    on Oct 8, 2009 By: David Obey Source: American Chronicle

  3. Asked by moderator Tim Russert what Cochran was basing his statements on, McCain said, "I really don't know. Do I feel strongly about issues? And we all know, as much as I love Thad Cochran, he's an appropriator. And I have fought him hard time...
    on Feb 6, 2008 By: John McCain Source:

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