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direct action

any action seeking to achieve an immediate or direct result, especially an action against an established authority or powerful institution, as a strike or picketing.
Origin of direct action
First recorded in 1835-45
Related forms
direct actionist, noun Unabridged
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  • Anyway, he wasn't one you'd look for any direct action from.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Do think a bit about what is meant by direct action of physical conditions.

  • The main agency with him is the direct action of the environment upon the organism.

    Luck or Cunning Samuel Butler
  • direct action, furthermore, may be accomplished in at least one of three ways.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • It is not by personal, direct action on the mind of the slave that we can do him good.

    Slavery William E. Channing
British Dictionary definitions for direct action

direct action

action such as strikes or civil disobedience, employed by organized labour or other groups to obtain demands from an employer, government, etc
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