WBW #28

boycott

ORIGIN: after Charles C. Boycott †1897 English land agent in County Mayo, Ireland, who was ostracized in 1880 for refusing to reduce rents

DEFINITION: to engage in a concerted refusal to have anything to do with the products or services of (an employer) in order to force acceptance of certain conditions desired by a union

SENTENCE: The people who want to boycott tantalum have a lot of work ahead of them, since tantalum is used in a lot of electronic devices.

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