American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A line or procession of people picketing a place of business or otherwise staging a public protest.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A position held by an advance-guard of men stationed at considerable intervals.
- n. A rope to which cavalry and artillery horses are tied while being groomed.
- n. rare A line or rope held by one or many pickets, chiefly one used for tethering horses.
- n. military (rare) A barrier or fortification formed by pickets; a stockade.
- n. A boundary guarded by a picket, or unit, of soldiers.
- n. US The boundary created by striking workers, generally at the workplace entrance, which other workers are asked not to pass.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) A rope to which horses are secured when groomed.
- n. a line of people acting as pickets
“And Buzz was interviewing Mickey’s Teamster goons, taking down picket line scuttlebutt, a last-minute precaution before Mal Considine sent in his operative.”
“Communist influence in Hollywood is a broad topic, and the picket line trouble and UAES’s fomenting of subversion within both contexts is a good device to get the public interested.”
“The aide Johnston designated for the mission did not return—he unwittingly rode into the Federal picket line and had to surrender—but Beckham, sometime after 10 o'clock, reported back that he had found Longstreet—on the Williamsburg Road opposite the point where the Charles City Road forked.”
“Mickey had started squawking half an hour ago, topics ranging from Audrey not giving him any to passive resistance on the picket line and how he was going to fix the UAES’s red wagon.”
“It was a deposition detailing picket line scuttlebutt: members of the United Alliance of Extras and Stagehands mouthing Pinko platitudes overheard by counter-pickets from the Teamsters.”
“Odds on the Hollywood Commies subverting the country with their cornball propaganda turkeys, rallies and picket line highjinks: thirty trillion to one against, a longshot from Mars.”
“Our friends on the Teamsters have heard picket line talk — that the UAES is planning strategy meetings aimed at coercing exorbitant contract demands out of the studios.”
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