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country

1. a territory distinguished by its people, culture, language, geography, etc.
2. an area of land distinguished by its political autonomy; state
3. the people of a territory or state
4. 
a. the part of the land that is away from cities or industrial areas; rural districts
b. (as modifier): country cottage
5. one's native land or nation of citizenship
6. go or appeal to the country Chiefly Brit to dissolve Parliament and hold an election
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They point to the heavy price paid by Gordon Brown, who never recovered from his decision not to go to the country when he became prime minister in 2007, despite having hinted that he was ready to call a snap election.
What's wrong with making the politicians get their act together and go to the country with a new set of proposals to solve the homeless and hospital crises and to get rid of Irish Water?
It appears highly likely now that a General Election will be held in November - almost three years before Mr Brown has to go to the country.