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sit-down strike

a strike during which workers occupy their place of employment and refuse to work or allow others to work until the strike is settled.
Also called sit-down, sit-in.
Origin of sit-down strike
1930-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sit-down strike
  • He started a kind of sit-down strike, and ended up in a mental hospital briefly.
  • Families have conducted a sit-down strike at the municipal offices demanding intervention on behalf of the prisoners.
  • What began as a sit-down strike of workers at their jobs flared into violence when the strikers took to the street.
  • At this time the sit-down strike emerged as an effective organizing weapon.
British Dictionary definitions for sit-down strike

sit-down strike

a strike in which workers refuse to leave their place of employment until a settlement is reached
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