1. A work stoppage in which the workers refuse to leave their place of employment until their demands are considered or met. Also called sit-down strike.
2. An obstruction of normal activity by the act of a large group sitting down in public to express a grievance or protest.
3. Informal An act, instance, or period of sitting.
4. Informal A meal for people seated at a table.
1. Performed or accomplished while sitting down: a sit-down discussion; a sit-down protest.
2. Intended for people seated at a table: a sit-down dinner for 12.
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