August 29, 2017
boycott (verb)
\BOY-kaht\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to join with others in refusing to deal with a person, organization, or country usually to express disapproval or force acceptance of terms
How do you use it?
Facing a boycott by consumers of its top-selling product line, the company agreed to improve working conditions for its factory workers.
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You were right if you thought "boycott" was originally a name. Charles Boycott was the manager of a large farm estate in Ireland in the late 1800s. In 1880, following crop failures, tenants on the estate were unable to pay their rents. Boycott tried to evict them. In response, the community turned against him. His laborers and servants quit, and his crops began to rot. This treatment of Boycott was reported in the papers, and when tenants on other estates copied it, it was called a "boycott" action. The name was soon being used as a noun and a verb.
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