Definition of sit-down in US English:



  • 1attributive (of a meal) eaten sitting at a table.

    • ‘The day started with Mass at 12 o'clock and a sit-down meal at 1 o'clock.’
    • ‘They are having a sit-down meal for 30 and a disco in the evening before leaving for a honeymoon in Cornwall.’
    • ‘If you're having a sit-down dinner, consider setting your table the day before to minimize last-minute stress.’
    • ‘The year concluded with a Christmas party with a sit-down meal, music, a singsong, presents and even a visit from Santa.’
    • ‘Family life bears the brunt of the ‘time crunch,’ with home-cooked meals and sit-down suppers being the exception rather than the norm.’
    • ‘People aren't expecting a sit-down meal, but you should have more available than chips and dips.’
    • ‘In all, 470 people attended the celebrations, which included a sit-down meal, speeches and dancing.’
    • ‘They may ride horses or walk during the day and have four-course sit-down meals with her parents in the evening.’
    • ‘Decide what kind of menu you want as far ahead as possible and whether you want a sit-down dinner or a buffet.’
    • ‘Even those on a modest budget can afford a good sit-down meal now and again.’
    • ‘Mass will be celebrated at 4pm after which a sit-down meal will be served.’
    • ‘Other cultures consume most of their daily calories in three sit-down meals.’
    • ‘We didn't have a sit-down meal - just nibbles, but these were first class.’
    • ‘The guests then settled down to a sit-down meal with entertainment provided by a barbershop chorus, a magician and a band.’
    • ‘After the Mass the house bound and elderly were treated to a sit-down meal in the Community Centre and were presented with lottery scratch cards and entertained with music and song.’
    • ‘Dr Spungin said sit-down meals give children an opportunity to learn social skills and table manners, while developing their language skills by joining in a conversation.’
    • ‘You were always looked after well, not just a cup of tea but more often than not a sit-down meal.’
    • ‘A sit-down meal is provided for up to one hundred senior citizens and music is provided by well known accordionist Des Boyle of Foxford.’
    • ‘The extended conference room will be able to cater for up to 800 for sit-down meals and up to 2,000 delegates at conferences.’
    • ‘Jon did a fantastic dinner, and had sensibly catered for overstretched stomachs by opting for a buffet rather than a sit-down meal.’
    1. 1.1 (of a protest) in which demonstrators occupy their workplace or sit down on the ground in a public place, refusing to leave until their demands are met.
      • ‘Demonstrators, whose numbers peaked at around 500, converged on the Peace Gardens, then headed out to various points around the city centre for sit-down protests.’
      • ‘A small group of demonstrators also managed to stop traffic by staging a sit-down protest on Highgate on Saturday, but police said they returned to the pavement after five minutes, and nobody was arrested.’
      • ‘Children are planning a sit-down protest in a bid to stop their play area being turned into flower beds.’
      • ‘After demonstrating in Parliament Square for an hour, around 100 students joined a sit-down protest, blocking roads around central London.’
      • ‘Around 130 prisoners from two landings, B3 and D1, refused to return their cells at lunchtime and held sit-down protests.’
      • ‘As the peaceful sit-down protest was winding down the police announced they would forcefully remove people.’
      • ‘In some towns the students staged sit-down protests in the streets.’
      • ‘The campaign, which included a sit-down protest on University Road, resulted in the university administration closing the campus and postponing examinations.’
      • ‘In London, police found themselves stretched to capacity as they dealt with one sit-down protest after another, sprouting all over the capital.’
      • ‘Four activists were arrested after more than 20 people held a sit-down protest in the road near the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus.’
      • ‘The organisation plans to hold a sit-down protest in Glasgow, gathering at George Square at noon on Saturday March 22.’
      • ‘Government school lecturers employed on hourly basis also began a sit-down protest at the assembly on the same day to demand permanency.’
      • ‘National Grid staff backed down yesterday in the face of a sit-down protest by John and Richard Gill who do not want them to put up a planned pylon in their field and another within 100 metres of their home.’
      • ‘The protesters held a sit-down protest on the national highway, disrupting traffic for about one hour.’
      • ‘In Cambridge, around 300 demonstrators stopped traffic during a sit-down protest and formed a ‘ring of peace’ around market stalls.’
      • ‘They said they intended to stage a sit-down protest.’
      • ‘They try sit-down protests and turn to violence in order to stop components from entering or leaving the factory.’
      • ‘Eleven Irish anti-nuclear campaigners were arrested outside the Sellafield plant in Cumbria yesterday during a sit-down protest.’
      • ‘About 100 police officers, many in riot gear, placed the strikers under arrest as the workers engaged in a sit-down protest at three intersections in the area.’
      • ‘In Cambridge, 300 demonstrators staged a sit-down protest blocking traffic whilst in Newcastle hundreds of protestors caused major hold ups on the roads as demonstrators lay down in the central roadway.’


  • 1A period of sitting down; a short rest.

    • ‘I had to have a bit of a sit-down and a stiff drink before I replied, such was the shock.’
    • ‘But that was the only sour note and my excuse for my bad manners is that I was desperate for a sit-down and a coffee, Starbucks was only a few steps away, and there was just the one vacant pavement table.’
    • ‘There aren't any more seats in that area and I won't be able to make it all the way, not without a sit-down.’
    • ‘Shelly fixed me up, claiming I should take a five-minute sit-down, but I wasn't about to risk getting yelled at again.’
    • ‘A little sit-down with a bottle of cola will be fantastic.’
    • ‘A cup of tea and a sit-down will be more beneficial than a 10-mile run.’
    1. 1.1 A sit-down protest.
      • ‘Fortunately for those of us whose creaky old knees have not been near a demo in decades, the sit-down lasts only a minute and the march moves peacefully towards its climax in George Square.’
      • ‘We should demonstrate in our communities, with regular vigils or marches in every small or large town, even sit-downs in appropriate places.’
      • ‘Over 70 protesters staged sit-downs outside the gates of the nuclear dockyard in Plymouth last Saturday.’
      • ‘He was eventually forced to back off by demonstrations and sit-downs.’
      • ‘The Paris demonstration started from the Gare du Nord rail station, where demonstrators staged a sit-down in the street before moving off.’
      • ‘In Manchester, where 3,000 pupils participated in the strike, 14 students were arrested when they staged a sit-down in the city.’
      • ‘An impromptu march included several sit-downs, blocking of roads and a lobby of the constituency office.’
      • ‘Chris knew Freddie was always getting involved in some sort of walk or sit-down or demonstration.’
      • ‘There were protests and sit-downs in the universities and colleges of Dublin, Belfast and Waterford.’
      protest, protest march, march, parade, rally, lobby, sit-in, sleep-in, stoppage, strike, walkout, picket, picket line, blockade
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/ˈsit ˌdoun//ˈsɪt ˌdaʊn/