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protest

1 noun
     
pro‧test1 W3
1 [uncountable and countable] something that you do to show publicly that you think that something is wrong and unfair, for example taking part in big public meetings, refusing to work, or refusing to buy a company's productsCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
protest march/rally hold/stage/mount a protest in protest (at something) peaceful protest violent/angry protest public protest street protest protest group/movement
protest against
protests against the Vietnam war
protest marches against the government's policy on immigration
A small group of demonstrators staged a peaceful protest outside the UN Headquarters.
5000 employees came out on strike in protest at the poor working conditions.
Three people died yesterday in violent street protests.
the protest movements of the 1960s
2 [countable] words or actions that show that you do not want someone to do something or that you dislike something very much
protest from
I turned off the TV, despite loud protests from the kids.
without protest
He accepted his punishment without protest.
She ignored his protests and walked away.
The programme caused a storm of protest (=a lot of angry protest).
The announcement was met with howls of protest.
3

do something under protest

to do something while making it clear that you do not want to do it:
The bill was eventually paid under protest.
! The noun protest is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable. The verb is pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable.

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