There are 2 main definitions of sit down in English:

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1 archaic Encamp outside a city in order to besiege it: with a large force he sat down before Ravenna
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  • William drew from his encampment at Cahirconlish, and, confident, of an easy victory, sat down before Limerick.
  • The Russian army, provided with a full park of artillery for the siege, sat down before it in the middle of May.
2British Accept or put up with an unwelcome situation or development: if they think I’m going to sit down under it, they can think again
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  • Moved to the bench was something he wasn't about to take sitting down.
  • A proposal to shut the public loos in Pewsey is not being taken sitting down by villagers.
  • The result was that this unfortunate person had to sit down under it and do nothing at all.
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1Denoting a meal eaten sitting at a table.
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  • Family life bears the brunt of the ‘time crunch,’ with home-cooked meals and sit-down suppers being the exception rather than the norm.
  • Jon did a fantastic dinner, and had sensibly catered for overstretched stomachs by opting for a buffet rather than a sit-down meal.
  • After the Mass the house bound and elderly were treated to a sit-down meal in the Community Centre and were presented with lottery scratch cards and entertained with music and song.
1.1Denoting a protest in which demonstrators occupy their workplace or sit down on the ground in a public place, refusing to leave until their demands are met.
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  • In Cambridge, 300 demonstrators staged a sit-down protest blocking traffic whilst in Newcastle hundreds of protestors caused major hold ups on the roads as demonstrators lay down in the central roadway.
  • A small group of demonstrators also managed to stop traffic by staging a sit-down protest on Highgate on Saturday, but police said they returned to the pavement after five minutes, and nobody was arrested.
  • Around 130 prisoners from two landings, B3 and D1, refused to return their cells at lunchtime and held sit-down protests.


1A period of sitting down; a short rest.
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  • There aren't any more seats in that area and I won't be able to make it all the way, not without a sit-down.
  • A cup of tea and a sit-down will be more beneficial than a 10-mile run.
  • A little sit-down with a bottle of cola will be fantastic.
1.1A sit-down protest.
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  • Over 70 protesters staged sit-downs outside the gates of the nuclear dockyard in Plymouth last Saturday.
  • There were protests and sit-downs in the universities and colleges of Dublin, Belfast and Waterford.
  • An impromptu march included several sit-downs, blocking of roads and a lobby of the constituency office.
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