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hunger strike

noun
1.
a deliberate refusal to eat, undertaken in protest against imprisonment, improper treatment, objectionable conditions, etc.
Origin of hunger strike
1885-1890
1885-90

hunger-strike

[huhng-ger-strahyk] /ˈhʌŋ gərˌstraɪk/
verb (used without object), hunger-struck, hunger-striking.
1.
to go on a hunger strike.
Origin
1910-15
Related forms
hunger striker, noun
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  • The ape he was supposed to be could reasonably be expected to resent captivity and would probably go on a hunger strike.

    The Mind Master Arthur J. Burks
  • He thereupon went on hunger strike for three days, and alarmed the Turks by nearly dying in their hands.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • I went on a hunger strike and made them give me a complete laboratory.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • At Spokane, in 1910, the jail was soon filled, and sixty prisoners went on a hunger strike which cost several lives.

    The Armies of Labor Samuel P. Orth
  • I have described the hunger strike, that terrible weapon with which we had repeatedly broken our prison bars.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
British Dictionary definitions for hunger strike

hunger strike

noun
1.
a voluntary fast undertaken, usually by a prisoner, as a means of protest
Derived Forms
hunger striker, noun
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