from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Soviet citizen, usually Jewish, denied permission to emigrate.
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- n. One of the Jewish citizens of the former Soviet Union who were refused permission to emigrate.
- n. A person characterized by a particular refusal (especially one related to human rights.)
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It's still too soon to say just what impact this "refusenik" movement will have.
Even Peter Black is telling him that he has given up the idea of being a 'refusenik'.
Of course, the original term "refusenik" was an unofficial term applied to individuals, typically, but not exclusively, Soviet Jews, who were denied permission to emigrate abroad by authorities of the former U.S.S.R. and other Eastern bloc countries.
Although threats to sack refusenik players who will not defer their wages have now been withdrawn, negotiations with the PFA are expected to continue for at least a fortnight.
To this uncomplicated narrative David Bezmozgis is something of a refusenik.
Which might of course explain the ostracism incurred by the recycling-refusenik.
After attempts to silence him proved fruitless, just about everyone else chose to ignore the Holloway Road refusenik.
In one way that's not far off, for the restaurant did launch in the 60s, when postwar London refusenik Richard Pinney was looking for an outlet for the smoked fish and oysters that were the core of his business.
I have until this year been a champion refusenik of the tournament, a money-grubby, on-dragging, mobile-phone-touting travesty that traditionally brings me out in a nasty case of apoplexy.
In City's refusenik we see a perfect swirl of destabilising elements: complicated and self-serving "ownership" structure, restless nature, family dislocation, insecurity about being on the bench and pure greed.
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