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

Leadec Industrial Services workers received passes Thursday to cross the picket line if GM UAW workers strike. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Local UAWs prepare GM workers for strike, extends Ford and FCA contract," 13 Sep. 2019 Striking school bus drivers abandoned picket lines to transport passengers and crew members once they were permitted to exit their aircraft. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn Sullivan: We don’t know what we don’t know, and I didn’t know about Gander, Newfoundland," 8 Sep. 2019 In 2003, more than 70,000 workers at 859 stores in the state walked picket lines for nearly five months. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Why 47,000 grocery workers in California may go on strike," 5 Sep. 2019 Ramping up pressure on the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the union for the hospital’s nurses has called for an informational picket line Sept. 10 in the third month of protest that management fired a veteran nurse and disciplined another. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Nurses at University of Cincinnati Medical Center to set up picket to protest job actions," 2 Sep. 2019 Striking drivers crossed the picket line to help out, vowing to return to the bargaining table once the dust had settled, a thoroughly Canadian thing to do. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "‘Come From Away’ lands its irresistible, life-affirming message about the joys of welcoming strangers," 12 July 2019 Related stories from Sacramento Bee UC nurses to hit the picket line with hospital workers Want to break into the health care field? Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "3 unions, 53,000 workers to strike at UC hospitals, campuses in May | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018 Just after the second week of the 1987 season, players hit the picket lines when the union and league failed to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Buttigieg made multiple stops in the Boston area for fund-raisers and joined a picket line of striking Stop & Shop workers in April. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "Mayor Pete Buttigieg will head to Provincetown for a fund-raiser and town hall event on Friday afternoon," 5 July 2019

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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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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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