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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
stage a strike/demonstration/sit-in etc
▪ Activists staged a protest outside the parliament.
▪ We blocked off the main streets of the city centre and staged a sit-in at the Parque Libertad.
▪ It was unclear how far the students are willing to go, but some suggested staging a sit-in along police cordons.
▪ Workers at the factory organized a sit-in to draw attention to their grievances.
▪ Demonstrators taking part in a sit-in in front of the law courts were beaten up by police.
▪ Eventually they realized that they looked as if they had come to participate in sit-ins.
▪ Hugh was at the Milton sit-in, where the workers won a fight to stop compulsory redundancies but lost the war.
▪ I was there because of sit-ins and marches and riots.
▪ In Pittsburgh, there were a few sit-ins, invasions of churches, minor civil disobedience.
▪ Southern police responded to sit-ins and civil rights marches with fire hoses, tear gas, beatings, and arrests.
▪ There was the odd student sit-in and the National Union of Students was beginning to find a voice.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1936, in reference to session musicians; 1937, in reference to union action; 1941, in reference to student protests. From the verbal phrase; see sit (v.) + in (adv.). To sit in is attested from 1868 in the sense "attend, be present;" from 1919 specifically as "attend as an observer."


n. A peaceful form of protest in which people occupy an area and refuse to leave.


n. a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats and refuse to move


A sit-in or sit-down is a form of direct action that involves one or more people occupying an area for a protest, often to promote political, social, or economic change.

Usage examples of "sit-in".

In the office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Atlanta, a Spelman College student named Ruby Doris Smith, who had been jailed during the sit-ins, expressed lier anger at the way women were relegated to the routine office work, and she was joined in her protest by two white women in SNCC, Sandra Hayden and Mary King.

During sit-ins, the picket line outside the library was comprised almost entirely of sociology lecturers, perhaps because the library was the building nearest the pub.

The rhetoric was heated, and sometimes the protests became violent: sit-ins turned into confrontations, buildings were burned, bombs exploded, and finally, at Kent State University, students were killed.

She would sit at the newspaper I and watch the teletypes in despair, reporting sit-ins in Alabama, and the doubling of our ground troops in VietNam raising the total to a mere hundred and eighty-one thousand men, numbers that were staggering.

I hear there's a proposal for a sit-in of conservationists, from all over the country outside the Lodge to see that there's no repetition of this disgraceful action.

With hippies and yippies popping up and demonstrations and sit-ins happening everywhere, he felt better with a beltful of protection.

I think we've reached the point in black America where we've completely given up on the mass demonstrations, sit-ins and boycotts.

They provide food for festivals, cancers, demonstrations, be-ins, sit-ins and similar events for free.

Unexpectedly the memorial had turned into a kind of sit-in, and then the hunger strikes and nonviolent demonstrations had started.

He also somehow found time to participate in protests against the Vietnam War, burn his draft card, march in civil rights demonstrations, attend sit-ins and lie-ins, get arrested, risk his life, all of that.

You might recall that we had some boycotts and sit-ins there in 1960, and you might recall that we’ve made great strides toward integration, with minimum bloodshed.

He hadn't signed any provocative petitions or staged sit-ins at the Knesset or sent angry or threatening letters to the prime minister or any of his Cabinet officials.

Among them they had managed to turn the young Oedipa into a rare creature indeed, unfit perhaps for marches and sit-ins, but just a whiz at pursuing strange words in Jacobean texts.