- The definition of a sit in is a method of protesting where the protestors sit down at a certain spot and refuse to leave.
An example of a sit in is when those protesting unsafe conditions at a factory sit on the steps of the factory building and refuse to move.
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- An organized protest demonstration in which participants seat themselves in an appropriate place and refuse to move.
- The act of occupying the seats or an area of a segregated establishment to protest racial discrimination.
sit-in - Phrases/Idioms
Attend or take part as a visitor, as in My son's jazz group asked me to sit in tonight. It is often put as sit in on, as in They asked me to sit in on their poker game. [Mid-1800s]
Take part in a sit-in, that is, an organized protest in which seated participants refuse to move. For example, The students threatened to sit in unless the dean was reinstated. [c. 1940]
sit in on. Visit or observe, as in I'm sitting in on his class, but not for credit. [Early 1900s]
sit in for. Substitute for a regular member of a group, as in I'm just sitting in for Harold, who couldn't make it.