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spill /spɪl/  

(countable noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

When a politician leaves their job, the positions below them may become vacant. This is called a ‘spill’.

Example: Mr Rudd was forced to challenge after Julia Gillard earlier called his bluff, declaring she would call a spill for the leadership positions of the party. (

Parliament House in Canberra, the scene of several leadership spills

(photo by PhillipMinnis)