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  1. done or accomplished while sitting down: sit-down meetings between the two party leaders.
  2. (of a meal or food) served to or intended for persons seated at a table: a sit-down dinner.
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  1. Informal. a period or instance of sitting, as to relax, talk, or the like: They had a profitable sit-down together.
  2. sit-down strike.
  3. a protest demonstration whereby participants refuse to move from a public place.
  4. Informal. a meal, especially a dinner, served to persons who are seated at a table.
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Origin of sit-down

First recorded in 1830–40; adj. and noun use of verb phrase sit down
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Related Words for sit-down

riot, revolt, protest, demonstration, sit-down, walkout, closure, interruption, layoff, blockage, shutdown, cutoff, lockout, gridlock, grievance, complaint, march, fast, strike, rally

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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.

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