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picket

noun [C]     /ˈpɪk.ɪt/
a worker or group of workers who protest outside a building to prevent other workers from going inside, especially because they have a disagreement with their employers : There were pickets outside the factory gates .Industrial action an occasion on which a picket happens : The union organized a month-long picket.Industrial action picket     verb [I or T] They picketed the burger restaurant and handed out leaflets to potential customers .Industrial action picketing     /-ɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-ɪ.t̬ɪŋ/ noun [U] The proposed new law would ban picketing.Industrial action
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