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hunger-strike

[huhng-ger-strahyk]
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verb (used without object), hun·ger-struck, hun·ger-strik·ing.
  1. to go on a hunger strike.
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Origin of hunger-strike

First recorded in 1910–15
Related formshunger striker, noun

hunger strike

noun
  1. a deliberate refusal to eat, undertaken in protest against imprisonment, improper treatment, objectionable conditions, etc.
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Origin of hunger strike

First recorded in 1885–90
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hunger strike

noun
  1. a voluntary fast undertaken, usually by a prisoner, as a means of protest
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Derived Formshunger striker, noun
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