- to go on a hunger strike.
Origin of hunger-strike
First recorded in 1910–15
- a deliberate refusal to eat, undertaken in protest against imprisonment, improper treatment, objectionable conditions, etc.
Origin of hunger strike
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for hunger-strike
Two days ago the news of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian prisoners to end the hunger-strike broke.Prisoners of Process
May 16, 2012
Not that I think the hunger-strike is altogether a futile invention.Post-Impressions
"That is the essence of a hunger-strike," said the thin hen.
It appeared that she had conducted a hunger-strike of her own for the last twenty-four hours; and I think she looked it.The Sixth Sense</p>
"We must have a hunger-strike till he apologises," said the thin hen importantly.
It was bringing to perfection its last great tactical manoeuvre, the massed raid followed by the hunger-strike in prison.The Tree of Heaven</p>
- a voluntary fast undertaken, usually by a prisoner, as a means of protest
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