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.
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How to use sit-in in a sentence
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 | Jacob Siegel | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Ahdaf Soueif | January 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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
another term for sit-down strike
(often foll by for) to deputize (for)
(foll by on) to take part (in) as a visitor or guest: we sat in on Professor Johnson's seminar
to organize or take part in a sit-in
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Other Idioms and Phrases with sit-in
Attend or take part as a visitor, as in My son's jazz group asked me to sit in tonight. It is often put as sit in on, as in They asked me to sit in on their poker game. [Mid-1800s]
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