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English definition of “direct action”

direct action

noun [U]    
HR, POLITICS the use of actions such as strikes or protests as a way of trying to achieve political or other changes: The government faces the real prospect of renewed direct action if it fails to respond to the protesters' 60- day deadline. The workers, who had not been paid for several months, threatened to take direct action in pursuit of their claim.
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