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"picket" in British English

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picketnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɪk.ɪt/
picket
verb [I or T] uk   us  
They picketed the ​burgerrestaurant and ​handed out ​leaflets to ​potentialcustomers.
picketing
noun [U] uk   /-ɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /-ɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
The ​proposed new ​law would ​ban picketing.
(Definition of picket from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"picket" in American English

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picketnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɪk·ɪt/ (also picketer,  /ˈpɪk·ɪ·t̬ər/ )
a ​person or ​group of ​people who have a ​disagreement with a ​company, usually the one where they ​work, and who ​walk around in a ​lineoutside the ​place of ​business to ​tell other ​people not to ​enter until the ​problem is ​solved: Three pickets ​stood at the ​factorygate.
picket
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈpɪk·ɪt/
[I/T] The women picketed (​outside) the ​factory for three ​months.
(Definition of picket from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"picket" in Business English

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picketnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɪkɪt/ HR, WORKPLACE
(also picket line) a ​group of ​people who ​stand outside an organization's ​buildingholdingsigns to ​protest against something. The ​people who ​protest are often ​employees who ​disagree with the ​management: The ​railunion is ​planning a 150-person picket of the ​terminal for two days next week. The new ​government was ​determined to ​avoid a ​return to the old days of ​industrialaction and ​mass picket ​lines. Most ​unionmembers were reluctant to cross the picket ​line.stand on/walk the picket line We ​spent two weeks walking the picket ​line, ​trying to get better ​benefits. Workers staged a picket outside the ​factorygates. Workers ​picked up their picket ​signs and began their ​protest.
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UK a ​singleperson in a picket ​line: Police escorts were ​provided for ​tankerdrivers who had ​experienced intimidation by pickets.
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picketverb [I or T]

uk   us   HR, WORKPLACE
to show an ​organization that you are not satisfied with them by ​standing outside their ​building and ​trying to prevent ​people from ​entering and doing ​business with them : The firm's ​annualgeneralmeeting was picketed by ​unionmembers angry at the decision to ​cutjobs. The ​group has decided not to picket until after the ​talks.
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picketing
noun [U] /ˈpɪkɪtɪŋ/  us /-ṱɪŋ/
The ​proposed new ​law would ​ban picketing.
(Definition of picket from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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