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general strike

noun
1.
a mass strike in all or many trades and industries in a section or in all parts of a country.
Origin of general strike
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism
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  • In both countries the socialists came out in bold declaration against the war and threatened the general strike.

    The Iron Heel Jack London
  • "You'll only stop it by a general strike at home," George answered reflectively.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • All business was stopped, shops closed and the city gave an appearance of a general strike.

  • The general strike means a complete and “absolute” revolution.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • The Blanquists admitted the general strike as one of the possible revolutionary means.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • The battles that result from a general strike will not be on the industrial field.

  • What if all the living authors should join in a general strike!

  • The desire to order the general strike was present, but the authority was absent.

    30,000 Locked Out. James C. Beeks
British Dictionary definitions for general strike

general strike

noun
1.
a strike by all or most of the workers of a country, province, city, etc, esp (caps.) such a strike that took place in Britain in 1926
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general strike in Culture

general strike definition


A strike of all of the workers in a nation or area. General strikes are usually brief and designed to show the unity of the working class.

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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