sit-in

sit-in

[sit-in]
noun
1.
an organized passive protest, especially against racial segregation, in which the demonstrators occupy seats prohibited to them, as in restaurants and other public places.
2.
any organized protest in which a group of people peacefully occupy and refuse to leave a premises: Sixty students staged a sit-in outside the dean's office.

Origin:
1955–60; noun use of verb phrase sit in (a place); cf. -in

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sit-in
 
n
1.  a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats in a public place and refuse to move as a protest
2.  another term for sit-down strike
 
vb
3.  (often foll by for) to deputize (for)
4.  (foll by on) to take part (in) as a visitor or guest: we sat in on Professor Johnson's seminar
5.  to organize or take part in a sit-in

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sit-in
1936, in ref. to session musicians; 1937, in ref. to union action; 1941, in ref. to student protests.
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sit-in

a tactic of nonviolent civil disobedience. The demonstrators enter a business or a public place and remain seated until forcibly evicted or until their grievances are answered. Attempts to terminate the essentially passive sit-in often appear brutal, thus arousing sympathy for the demonstrators among moderates and noninvolved individuals. Following Mahatma Gandhi's teaching, Indians employed the sit-in to great advantage during their struggle for independence from the British. Later, the sit-in was adopted as a major tactic in the civil-rights struggle of American blacks; the first prominent sit-in occurred at a Greensboro (North Carolina) lunch counter in 1960. Student activists adopted the tactic later in the decade in demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

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