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[sit-doun] /ˈsɪtˌdaʊn/
done or accomplished while sitting down:
sit-down meetings between the two party leaders.
(of a meal or food) served to or intended for persons seated at a table:
a sit-down dinner.
Informal. a period or instance of sitting, as to relax, talk, or the like:
They had a profitable sit-down together.
a protest demonstration whereby participants refuse to move from a public place.
Informal. a meal, especially a dinner, served to persons who are seated at a table.
Origin of sit-down
First recorded in 1830-40; adj. and noun use of verb phrase sit down Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If there is a sit-down meal, she would be between her husband and father.

  • I certainly would have had a "sit-down" with you if it had been possible.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • "A lazy, sit-down job and one for which you are peculiarly fitted," broke in Jimmy Turner.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • The standing breakfast differs from the sit-down breakfast in service only.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • But there was going to be a sit-down supper, and as Boon was not there, she had taken a marron glacé.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
Word Origin and History for sit-down

1836 of meals, 1936 of strikes, from verbal phrase (c.1200), from sit (v.) + down (adv.); as a noun, sit-down "act of sitting down" is from 1861.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sit-down



  1. A meal, usually a free one, eaten at a table (1919+ Hoboes)
  2. A settling for a chat; meeting; schmooze: The voice suggested that we have a little ''sit-down'' over lunch at Chianti/ Zilber was supposed to go to a sit-down with Pagano in Brooklyn (1861+)
  3. (also sit-down strike) A strike in which the workers occupy their job sites but do not work (1936+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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