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  • n  a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
  • n  a detachment of troops guarding an army from surprise attack
  • n  a protester posted by a labor organization outside a place of work
  • n  a vehicle performing sentinel duty
  • n  a wooden strip forming part of a fence
  • n  a form of military punishment used by the British in the late 17th century in which a soldier was forced to stand on one foot on a pointed stake
  • v  serve as pickets or post pickets
    picket a business to protest the layoffs
  • v  fasten with a picket
    picket the goat

  • Recently a Marine jumped on a picket and beat him up with his belt.
  • A Star Trek Day picket line outside Paramount Studios Monday was jolly and well-attended, and writers there showed little sign of a weakening in resolve.
  • If the writers picket, "we're stayin' home," says one publicist of a nominated actor, a view echoed by most others.
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  • Alan Rosenberg in Reuters
    After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines,SAG President Alan Rosenberg said.
  • Jesse Jackson in Washington Post
    If he has a right to use that platform to insult and degrade then we have a moral obligation to picket NBC and to protest,Jackson said. "If he can violate us in that platform in the name of free speech we'll be picketing NBC in the name of...
  • Mike Huckabee in Guardian Unlimited
    My understanding is that there was a special arrangement made for the late-night shows, and the writers have made this agreement to let the late night shows to come back on, so I don't anticipate that it's crossing a picket line,Huckabee told...

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