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

Hundreds of classes have been canceled or moved to other locations to avoid picket lines. Dawn Rhodes, chicagotribune.com, "Grad students, U. of I. reach tentative contract agreement to end strike," 8 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile in Southern California, at the picket line at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, an SUV slowly drove through a crowd of protesters blocking a street outside the medical center, according to the Associated Press. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Picket line forms at UC Davis Med Center as three-day strike begins across UC system | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018 Approximately 53,000 hospital workers are to hit the picket lines on Monday at 6 a.m., to protest stagnating contract negotiations with the University of California. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Will I have to reschedule a hospital procedure? Here's what patients need to know about UC Davis strike | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018 After a month without a contract, union employees applied new pressure to casino properties Friday by running picket lines of hundreds of workers on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. David Montero, latimes.com, "Union workers picket in Las Vegas, worried about pay, security and robots taking their jobs," 6 July 2018 In this instance, service workers could hit the picket line again as students move out or move onto campus, as commencements season begins or when UC hospitals have an especially heavy patient load. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "What happens if UC health workers strike again? Commencements, state funding could be hit | The Sacramento Bee," 14 May 2018 The move was greeted with great support by many families, who joined teachers on the picket lines. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Chris Atkins, a physical-education teacher at South Jefferson Elementary, had been standing on picket lines since the strike began, even on Friday, when howling winds crumpled his sign. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "‘We will move forward’: With deal on pay in place, West Virginia’s teachers eye return to the classroom," 6 Mar. 2018 Just such a scenario occurred in late 2016 when nearly 5,000 nurses with Sharp HealthCare canceled their walkout notice just hours before picket lines were to form. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Strike looms at UCSD, hospital delays surgeries," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of picket line

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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