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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
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism
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Examples from the web for general strike
  • The general strike is a success almost before it has begun.
  • Once again, oil workers are joining a general strike.
  • Later that year, media bosses played a leading role in promoting a two-month general strike.
  • Two weeks ago, protesters also declared a general strike.
  • There is talk of a general strike, though it may not happen.
  • Eight months later came the general strike, which also failed to shift him.
  • The communists are opposed to a price hike and have threatened to call a general strike if the government raises fuel prices.
  • If he is arrested, his supporters say they will call a general strike.
  • The legislators arrived during a general strike that almost paralyzed business across the country.
  • The report prompted renewed protests and a general strike in the state.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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