demanding the floor

Nicolemiller

Senior Member
Cantonese
Typically, each gathering was long and loud and usually began with everyone present demanding the floor.
What does "demanding the floor" mean?
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    ... demanding the floor.
    The floor is yours.
    You have the floor.

    In this context, "the floor" is an abstract concept. If you have the floor, it is your turn to speak. See floor, definition #5.

    the parliamentary right to address an assembly; "the chairman granted him the floor"
     
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