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sit-down

[sit-doun] /ˈsɪtˌdaʊn/
adjective
1.
done or accomplished while sitting down:
sit-down meetings between the two party leaders.
2.
(of a meal or food) served to or intended for persons seated at a table:
a sit-down dinner.
noun
3.
Informal. a period or instance of sitting, as to relax, talk, or the like:
They had a profitable sit-down together.
5.
a protest demonstration whereby participants refuse to move from a public place.
6.
Informal. a meal, especially a dinner, served to persons who are seated at a table.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; adj. and noun use of verb phrase sit down
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  • Next is a sit-down meal inspired by the citrus in season.
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  • We have never seen one listed on a sit-down restaurant menu.
  • For sit-down meals, serve each guest an individual sauce dish.
  • He started a kind of sit-down strike, and ended up in a mental hospital briefly.
  • It further seems that this is the case to such an extent that there are almost no sit-down restaurants in the area.
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  • Many of our sit-down restaurants offer seasonal outdoor dining opportunities in the forms of patios, porches and decks.
  • Rarely was there a formal sit-down except for holidays, birthdays, or funerals.
British Dictionary definitions for sit-down

sit down

verb (adverb)
1.
to adopt or cause (oneself or another) to adopt a sitting posture
2.
(intransitive) foll by under. to suffer (insults, etc) without protests or resistance
noun
3.
a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators sit down in a public place as a protest or to draw attention to a cause
adjective
5.
(of a meal, etc) eaten while sitting down at a table
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Word Origin and History for sit-down
adj.

1836 of meals, 1936 of strikes, from verbal phrase (c.1200), from sit (v.) + down (adv.); as a noun, sit-down "act of sitting down" is from 1861.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sit-down

sit-down

noun
  1. A meal, usually a free one, eaten at a table (1919+ Hoboes)
  2. A settling for a chat; meeting; schmooze: The voice suggested that we have a little ''sit-down'' over lunch at Chianti/ Zilber was supposed to go to a sit-down with Pagano in Brooklyn (1861+)
  3. (also sit-down strike) A strike in which the workers occupy their job sites but do not work (1936+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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