picket line


Definition of picket line

1 : a position held by a line of military pickets
2 : a line of people picketing a business, organization, or institution

Examples of picket line in a Sentence

She joined her coworkers on the picket line.
Recent Examples on the Web The picket line was abandoned in January 1963, with the strikers’ demands unmet. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Jan. 2022 Andrew Milligan, a driver with Republic Services, was among about 25 employees walking a picket line in front of the company’s Chula Vista site Thursday. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 One of the largest and most public strikes over the past several months has been the work stoppage and picket line formed by about 1,400 Kellogg’s members at the company’s four U.S.-based manufacturing plants. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, 22 Dec. 2021 In Michigan, where Kellogg’s is headquartered, the state’s attorney general and a handful of Democratic state lawmakers have walked the picket line in support of workers. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 An article on Thursday about a student worker strike at Columbia University misidentified one of the union locals whose members joined the picket line. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 Shelley walked the picket line on teachers’ strikes, in 1968, 1971, 1974 and 1979. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2021 And there is a near record number of job openings, leaving employers scrambling to fill most jobs, let alone jobs that would require a worker to cross a picket line to report to work. Chris Isidore, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 The Oregon Nurses Association, the professions’ other major union, has pledged to support the Kaiser strikers and not to cross their picket line. oregonlive, 12 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of picket line

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of picket line was in 1847

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14 Jan 2022

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“Picket line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picket%20line. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of picket line

: a line or group of people who are refusing to go to work until their employer agrees to certain demands

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Legal Definition of picket line

: a line of people picketing a business, institution, or organization


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