picket line
noun Date: 1856 1. a position held by a line of military pickets 2. a line of people picketing a business, organization, or institution

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  • picket line — picket .line n a group of people who stand outside a factory and try to prevent people from going in or coming out during a ↑strike on a picket line ▪ So far, there has been very little violence on the picket line. ▪ Very few workers were willing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Picket line — Picket Pick et, n. [F. piquet, properly dim. of pique spear, pike. See {Pike}, and cf. {Piquet}.] 1. A stake sharpened or pointed, especially one used in fortification and encampments, to mark bounds and angles; or one used for tethering horses.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • picket line — picket lines N COUNT A picket line is a group of pickets outside a place of work. The miners are trying to get factory workers to join them on the picket line... No one tried to cross the picket lines …   English dictionary

  • picket line — picket ,line noun count a PICKET. Workers who cross a picket line continue to work while other workers are on STRIKE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • picket line — n: a line of people picketing a business, institution, or organization Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • picket line — UK US noun [C] HR, WORKPLACE ► PICKET(Cf. ↑picket) noun …   Financial and business terms

  • picket line — n. a line or cordon of people serving as pickets …   English World dictionary

  • picket line — noun a line of people acting as pickets • Hypernyms: ↑line * * * noun, pl ⋯ lines [count] : a line or group of people who are refusing to go to work until their employer agrees to certain demands She joined her coworkers on the picket line. The… …   Useful english dictionary

  • picket line — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms picket line : singular picket line plural picket lines a picket. Workers who cross a picket line continue to work while other workers are on strike …   English dictionary

  • Picket line — A picket line is a horizontal rope, along which horses are tied at intervals. The rope can be on the ground, at chest height (above the knees, below the neck), or overhead. The overhead form usually is called a high line.A variant of a high line …   Wikipedia

  • picket line —  Union protest technique, creating a line of union members which nonunion workers and customers would have to pass in order to enter or leave a business.  ► “The picket line, once largely honored by unionized and nonunion workers alike, appears… …   American business jargon

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