- any organized protest in which a group of people peacefully occupy and refuse to leave a premises: Sixty students staged a sit-in outside the dean's office.
- an organized passive protest, especially against racial segregation, in which the demonstrators occupy seats prohibited to them, as in restaurants and other public places.
- sit-down strike.
Origin of sit-in
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Examples from the Web for sit-in
The organizers of the protest, who did not have a permit for the sit-in, refused to leave and police began to arrest them in mass.Occupy Climate Change! Hundreds Blame Capitalism at Flood Wall Street Rally
September 22, 2014
They tore down some tents of the sit-in and set fire to the others.Ahdaf Soueif’s Cairo: Remembering A City Wracked By The Arab Spring
January 26, 2014
Our number of martyrs since the clearing of the sit-in 107.In Egypt’s Countryside, Vendettas Between Police and Islamists Simmer
Mike Giglio, Christopher Dickey
October 28, 2013
Outside Rabaa, however, the presence of so many children at the sit-in has caused an uproar.
In fact, as the sit-in has pressed on, the number of children there has seemed to rise.
- a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats in a public place and refuse to move as a protest
- another term for sit-down strike
- (often foll by for) to deputize (for)
- (foll by on) to take part (in) as a visitor or guestwe sat in on Professor Johnson's seminar
- to organize or take part in a sit-in
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Word Origin and History for sit-in
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