Definition of gherao in English:

gherao

noun

Indian
  • A protest in which workers prevent employers leaving a place of work until certain demands are met:

    ‘a gherao was to be conducted at the municipal offices’
    • ‘To add variety, new forms of coercion, like gheraos, were invented.’
    • ‘The union lifted the gherao after giving the electricity board a one-day ultimatum.’
    • ‘Of course, this is followed by walkouts from the Assembly, dharnas, gheraos, bandhs and other forms of agitation.’
    • ‘‘If the government will not respond to our demands we have no option left but to organise a demonstration and gherao during the assembly session,’ he said.’
    • ‘The shopkeepers would resort to fasts, protest demonstrations and gheraos.’
    demonstration, march, protest march, peace camp, rally, sit-in, human chain, occupation, sleep-in, dirty protest, write-in, non-cooperation
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Origin

From Hindi gherāo surround, besiege.

Pronunciation:

gherao

/ɡɛˈraʊ/