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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
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direct actionist, noun Unabridged
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  • The main agency with him is the direct action of the environment upon the organism.

    Luck or Cunning Samuel Butler
  • Do think a bit about what is meant by direct action of physical conditions.

  • Therefore, the impact of direct action should produce quick results.

    Jack of No Trades Charles Cottrell
  • Anyway, he wasn't one you'd look for any direct action from.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • They can undermine such cliffs indeed, and then grind the fragments to powder, but their direct action is limited.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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