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.
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I watch every episode alone on my couch and I just sit there and laugh, and laugh.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Inside the guild, men in caps and long gowns sit in twos, weaving together in small rooms.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The detectives are still at it, seeking to account for a period of time when Brinsley may well have paused to sit somewhere.
DeCrow would come to lead a movement against this practice, suing the Hotel Syracuse in 1969 and calling for protests and sit-ins.
It is very difficult to sit by helplessly while a friend is imprisoned for a crime that is too implausible to comprehend.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You see, they always butter their chairs so that they won't stick fast when they sit down.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Being quieted by the Captain with a draught of cold tea, and made to sit down, the examination of the book proceeded.
Since Henry Hawk could sit in a great elm far up the road and see himp.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Never again would he sit behind that wheel rejoicing in the insolence of speed.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
The hut was barely high enough to let him sit up, and long enough to let him lie down—not to stretch out.