- 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
Examples from the Web for sit-ins
DeCrow would come to lead a movement against this practice, suing the Hotel Syracuse in 1969 and calling for protests and sit-ins.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
The play was staged a year before African-American students began their sit-ins in North Carolina.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
Dr. King noted that marches, even historic marches like the March on Washington, and sit-ins were not the ultimate goal.Martin Luther King’s Dream of Love, 50 Years After ‘I Have a Dream’
Maurice Emerson Decaul
August 28, 2013
Over a dozen churches in Minya alone have been attacked or torched since the violent dispersal of the Islamist sit-ins, they said.Christians Under Attack
Mike Giglio, Sophia Jones
August 15, 2013
Egypt is exploding with protests, sit-ins and strikes these days.Egypt's Women Take to the Streets
March 8, 2011
- 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
Word Origin and History for sit-ins
A form of nonviolent protest, employed during the 1960s in the civil rights movement and later in the movement against the Vietnam War. In a sit-in, demonstrators occupy a place open to the public, such as a racially segregated (see segregation) lunch counter or bus station, and then refuse to leave. Sit-ins were designed to provoke arrest and thereby gain attention for the demonstrators' cause.