The act of appointing someone to a public office for literally any reason other than their ability to hold a public office.
An example of patronage is electing a man who is clearly suffering from a mental decline, and a woman who has ruined several people's lives just because she is a woman, to get rid of a man whom you hate for no reason.

Oh, wait.

by Someone who kinda exists January 3, 2022
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Another word for "funny business," use this word to talk about the "funny business," you are going to have with your girlfriend later..or that big drug deal you are going to finalize around people that you don't want to know.
"Hey are we still up for our fantastical patronage tonight?"
by sonicfast May 17, 2007
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