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Boycott

The conscious refusal to buy products from a certain company or country. Boycotts are often organized on a large scale in an attempt to influence the behavior of companies or countries. Very often, boycotts are ethical or political.

boycott

  1. the withholding of supplies of products to a trader by a producer because the trader is, for example, in breach of CONTRACT or the trader is selling the products as LOSS LEADERS. See REFUSAL TO SUPPLY.
  2. the cessation of INTERNATIONAL TRADE, wholly or in part, with a particular country by other countries.

boycott

  1. 1the withholding of supplies of GOODS from a distributor by a producer or producers in order to force that distributor to resell those goods only on terms specified by the producer. In the past, boycotts were often used as a means of enforcing RESALE PRICE MAINTENANCE.
  2. the prohibition of certain imports or exports, or a complete ban on INTERNATIONAL TRADE with a particular country by other countries.
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It says we [reformists] have boycotted the elections.
The Egyptian economy will be hurt as much as other economies of the boycotted countries.
As Israel's deputy ambassador in London noted, "the last time that Jews were boycotted in universities was in 1930s Germany.
The Co-operative Bank's most recent annual ethical consumerism report found that 28% of consumers had boycotted at least one food product for ethical reasons in 2004, at a cost of 989m [pounds sterling] to grocery brands and 958m [pounds sterling] to food stores, the former figure representing an 8.
errrrr, migrant workers, boycotted their jobs, schools, etc.
At school, we boycotted music lessons until the teacher stopped shouting at us and sending his false teeth flying across the room, and we boycotted Latin lessons until another teacher stopped beating us with a cricket bat if we didn't score enough marks in the weekly tests, which we didn't.
Through the efforts of more than two dozen local coalitions and national networks, nearly 100 municipalities and institutional investors have boycotted the bonds, including the cities of San Francisco, Boulder, and Milwaukee; international labor unions such as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Postal Workers Union, and the Service Employees International Union, as well as numerous locals throughout the country; and 31 religious communities.
Sue Blackwell, a lecturer in the English department at Birmingham University, who proposed the motion, told the delegates in Scarborough that just as Britain boycotted South Africa, a boycott should be imposed on ``today's apartheid regime''.
Levi Strauss, for example, considered one of the hipper and more benevolent bastions of capitalism, is being boycotted by a union group for its refusal to give full compensation to Texas workers when they moved a factory to Costa Rica.