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direct action

noun
1.
any action seeking to achieve an immediate or direct result, especially an action against an established authority or powerful institution, as a strike or picketing.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
Related forms
direct actionist, noun
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  • And no concern has been expressed for getting some direct action to stall the microbes in some way to slow emissions.
  • The attorneys general can take direct action against the problem.
  • And yes, in the form of consciousness-raising and of direct action.
  • The bartender is annoyed but takes no direct action.
  • There were the mindless and the meddlesome as well as those who turned to direct action or clandestine activity.
  • To many of the students, such conduct left no alternative but direct action.
  • Anarchists promote direct action over mediated or symbolic forms of resistance.
  • Yes, some units once engaged in armed coercion have de-emphasized taking direct action against insurgent bombers.
  • Being the target of rubber bullets and stun grenades is not supposed to be a part of direct action.
  • direct action, such as digging up pitches, led to clashes with the police.
British Dictionary definitions for direct action

direct action

noun
1.
action such as strikes or civil disobedience, employed by organized labour or other groups to obtain demands from an employer, government, etc
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