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hunger strike

a deliberate refusal to eat, undertaken in protest against imprisonment, improper treatment, objectionable conditions, etc.
Origin of hunger strike


[huhng-ger-strahyk] /ˈhʌŋ gərˌstraɪk/
verb (used without object), hunger-struck, hunger-striking.
to go on a hunger strike.
Related forms
hunger striker, noun Unabridged
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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

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