Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An organized protest demonstration in which participants seat themselves in an appropriate place and refuse to move.
  • noun The act of occupying the seats or an area of a segregated establishment to protest racial discrimination.

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  • noun A protest in which people refuse to leave.

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  • noun a form of civil disobedience in which demonstrators occupy seats and refuse to move

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Examples

  • "It's very apparent that there will be no security during the coming elections," said Mahmoud Fathy, a candidate from the Salafi Fadila Party, which supports the protesters but opposed the idea of a long-term sit-in.

    The Seattle Times

  • Police and protesters clashed for control of downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday, after security forces tried to stop activists from staging a long-term sit-in in the symbolic site.

    The Seattle Times

  • Witnesses said the clashes began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate the hundreds of protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 200 peaceful demonstrators who had camped in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • Witnesses said the clashes began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate the hundreds of protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 200 peaceful demonstrators who had camped in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • CAIRO - Thousands of police clashed with protesters for control of downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday after security forces tried to stop activists from staging a long-term sit-in there.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Witnesses said the clashes began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate the hundreds of protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 200 peaceful demonstrators who had camped in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Witnesses said the clashes began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate the hundreds of protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 200 peaceful demonstrators who had camped in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Witnesses said the violence began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 200 peaceful demonstrators who had camped out in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

    NYDN Rss

  • Thousands of police clashed with protesters for control of downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday after security forces tried to stop activists from staging a long-term sit-in there, killing one person and injuring more than 600 people.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • Will they use Facebook to organize a 20,000-person rally for a carbon tax, or call a sit-in on one of our dwindling glaciers?

    Craig and Marc Kielburger: Government Transparency 2.0

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