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.
Origin of sit-in
noun use of verb phrase sit in
(a place); cf. sit1
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Related Words for sit-inriot
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Contemporary Examples of 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.
They tore down some tents of the sit-in and set fire to the others.
Our number of martyrs since the clearing of the sit-in 107.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for sit-in
a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats in a public place and refuse to move as a protest
verb sit in (intr, adverb)
(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
1936, in reference to session musicians; 1937, in reference to union action; 1941, in reference to student protests. From the verbal phrase; see sit (v.) + in (adv.). To sit in is attested from 1868 in the sense "attend, be present;" from 1919 specifically as "attend as an observer."
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