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Definition to refuse to buy things (from someone) or to refuse to participate in an activity (with someone) in order to express disapproval
  • Chavez led a nationwide boycott of table grapes.
boycott = refusal to buy
  • The party boycotted the election because their candidates were barred from running for office.
  • boycotted = refused to participate
  • Advertisers boycotted the show because of accusations that the script was racist.
  • boycotted = refused to buy advertising of
  • But even more important than all that, you're pointing a finger right at the Wallaces with this boycott business.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • boycott = refusing to buy things from someone in order to express disapproval
  • Sit-ins and boycotts of stores and public transportation applied economic pressure.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • He had taken part in them, and in the bus boycott.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • A few boycotts of white students soon led to a boycott of black students.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • In 1792, 300,000 people boycotted sugar from the West Indies—the greatest consumer boycott in history until that point.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Gran ended up boycotting the ash scattering, and if she wasn't going, there was no reason for the rest of us to.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Threatened boycotts of all Equinox products.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Two years later the U.S. boycotted the Olympic games in Moscow, so none of our athletes got to go.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • "As to the Government, they were absolutely terrified by this act of 'boycotting' (the slang word then current for such acts of abstention).
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • It has enemies who are organising an advertising boycott, trying to run it into the ground.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Vanderbilt worked on Riddle for a few days to get the owner to rescind his boycott of Pimlico and bring his colt back to meet Seabiscuit.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • She's calling for a school-wide boycott of Ho's Deli.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • He had to do this because he lived on the pennies of the youngsters and he didn't want to be boycotted.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • In 1980, when we were still in Kabul, the U.S. announced it would be boycotting the Olympic Games in Moscow.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Joseph Kasavubu wavered between boycotting and trying to run the show.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Her plan now is to contact the producers of Cruise's new movie, War of the Worlds, and threaten to organize a boycott if there's not an apology.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • The Americans had already suspended most aid the year before when we conducted nuclear tests, but now almost everyone boycotted us.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala

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