- 1A person or group of people standing outside a place of work or other venue, protesting something or trying to persuade others not to enter during a strike.More example sentences
- Opponents would claim that the sight of placard-wielding pickets outside various religious functions presents the Gospel in a poor light.
- The general secretary, who joined pickets outside the station, said the strikes proved that rail workers did not believe they were being treated fairly on pay.
- After two months management hired a new workforce, reopened operations and called in police to disperse pickets outside the hotel.
- 1.1A blockade of a workplace or other venue staged by a group of people in protest of something.More example sentences
- Then Fiat workers walked out, mounting mass pickets at factory gates.
- Farmers are set to stage pickets at milk processing plants in North Yorkshire, according to a pressure group.
- Union leaders should call for collections, delegations to the picket lines and mass pickets to stop any scabbing.
- 2A soldier or party of soldiers performing a particular duty: a picket of soldiers fired a volley over the coffinMore example sentences
- ‘No picquet should be less than 1 Officer and 15 men,’ he was told.
- For many of the campaigns of history sentries, or larger security parties constituting infantry pickets or cavalry vedettes, did not habitually fire on one another.
- Union cavalry pickets and Signal Corps observers would have provided similar intelligence.
- 3 [usually as modifier] A pointed wooden stake driven into the ground, typically to form a fence or palisade or to tether a horse: a cedar-picket stockade See also picket fence.More example sentences
- It was fenced with white picket wood, and the dirt was clean and smooth, as if someone had just cleaned it up hours before.
- In one of my gardens, in the dappled shade of oak trees, I have placed a pair of them either side of a wooden picket gate, where they are a delight each spring.
- There was also in evidence picket poles, rods, chains and all the instrumental paraphernalia of field work.
verb (pickets, picketing, picketed)[with object] Back to top
- 1Act as a picket outside (a place of work or other venue): strikers picketed the newspaper’s main building [no object]: 18,000 people turned up to picketMore example sentences
demonstrate at, protest at, strike at, form a picket at, man the picket line at; blockade, shut off
- Many workers picketed outside courthouses in the main cities during the week.
- Strikers picketed offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham.
- Workers who picket a workplace and demonstrators who block roads or entrances to financial institutions, such as the stock exchange, could be charged as terrorists, as could computer hackers.
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- We make our way to the theater, where noisy picketers are demonstrating against the very education reforms that had been on the governor's agenda earlier in the day.
- One police officer explained that they were responding to complaints and that, while they were in solidarity with picketers, they would have to arrest everyone.
- The picketers had been protesting for more than a month, demanding jobs, with no response from government authorities.
late 17th century (denoting a pointed stake, on which a soldier was required to stand on one foot as a military punishment): from French piquet 'pointed stake', from piquer 'to prick', from pic 'pike'.