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protest

noun
 
 
/ˈprəʊtest/
[C or U] a strong complaint against something, or the act of complaining strongly about it: an angry/big/formal protest The chief executive of the troubled company gave up a £2.8m bonus package after big protests.in protest against/at sth He resigned in protest at the refusal to privatise the airline. The length of directors' contracts attracted a storm of protest from small shareholders at last year's annual meeting.
[C] an occasion when people show that they disagree strongly with something by standing together and shouting and carrying signs, especially on the streets: hold/organize/stage a protest Shareholders held protests against the takeover bid outside the Stock Exchange.spark/trigger a protest The plan sparked days of street protests. a large/mass/peaceful protest a protest demonstration/march
under protest if something is done under protest, it is done unwillingly: In the cruise-ship industry, some companies are paying sales tax under protest, and some aren't paying at all.
(Definition of protest noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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