From King Dictionary of Contemporary English general election ˌgeneral eˈlection noun [countable ] PPV an election in which all the people in a country who can vote elect a government during the 1987 general election campaign an attempt to persuade the government to hold a general election (=have a general election ) Examples from the Corpus general election • Although Billing retained his seat at the 1918 general election, ill health forced his retirement in 1921. • After the 1987 general election, Gould was considered Kinnock's natural successor. • Any party which failed to win a seat in a general election would be automatically dissolved. • If Walden carries out his threat, the Tory government would fall, leading to a general election. • With little pressure from that quarter for an early general election, Callaghan almost imperceptibly emerged with growing command. • Anderson has no opposition on the general election ballot. general election campaign • The killings were seen as an attempt by Sikh extremists to disrupt the ongoing general election campaign. • Sir Julius confirmed that the investigation would also examine the use of government resources and assets during the recent general election campaign. • In three successive general election campaigns, the Conservative party has promised higher standards in education. • In the general election campaign of 1929 the Liberals were challenged by the Conservatives to explain where the money would come from. • He said Likud would make this the center of its upcoming general election campaign.