picket line

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EtymologyEdit

Horses on a beach tethered to a picket line (sense 1).
Employees of the BBC forming a picket line (sense 4) in front of Broadcasting House in Bristol, UK, during a strike in May 2005.

From picket (stake driven into the ground; soldier or small unit of soldiers assigned to perform a duty; protester positioned outside a workplace, etc., during a strike; the protest itself) + line.[1]

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picket line (plural picket lines)

  1. (rare) A line or rope held by one or many pickets, chiefly one used for tethering horses.
  2. (military, rare) A barrier or fortification formed by pickets; a stockade.
  3. (military) A boundary guarded by a picket (unit of soldiers).
  4. A boundary created by workers participating in a strike, generally at the workplace entrance, which other workers are asked not to pass.

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