hunger strike

noun
a deliberate refusal to eat, undertaken in protest against imprisonment, improper treatment, objectionable conditions, etc.

Origin:
1885–90

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hunger-strike

[huhng-ger-strahyk]
verb (used without object), hunger-struck, hunger-striking.
to go on a hunger strike.

Origin:
1910–15

hunger striker, noun
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hunger strike
 
n
a voluntary fast undertaken, usually by a prisoner, as a means of protest
 
hunger striker
 
n

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Example sentences
Several years ago, some of the surviving liquidators even went on a hunger
  strike to protest their low disability payments.
He went on hunger strike for her, at last persuading the authorities to let her
  go abroad for medical treatment.
Farmers faced with bank repossession-he was one-warded off the bailiff by going
  on hunger strike.
After the hunger strike, medical staff shall provide follow-up medical and
  psychiatric care as long as necessary.
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