Definition of gherao in US English:

gherao

noun

Indian
  • A protest in which workers prevent employers or managers from leaving a place of work until certain demands are met.

    ‘a gherao was to be conducted at the municipal offices’
    • ‘The shopkeepers would resort to fasts, protest demonstrations and gheraos.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, this is followed by walkouts from the Assembly, dharnas, gheraos, bandhs and other forms of agitation.’
    • ‘The union lifted the gherao after giving the electricity board a one-day ultimatum.’
    • ‘To add variety, new forms of coercion, like gheraos, were invented.’
    demonstration, march, protest march, peace camp, rally, sit-in, human chain, occupation, sleep-in, dirty protest, write-in, non-cooperation
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verb

[with object]Indian
  • Prevent (someone) from leaving a place of work until certain demands are met.

    ‘the minister was gheraoed in his Chamber for more than four hours’

Origin

From Bengali gherāo, literally ‘act of enclosing or shutting in’.

Pronunciation

gherao

/ɡəˈraʊ//ɡəˈrou/