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agitate against someone or something

to stir up active dissatisfaction about someone or something. The students were agitating against the closing of the old cafeteria.
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agitate for something

to stir up active support for something. The committee agitated for a change, but nothing was done.
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agitate against

v.
To stir up public opposition to some cause or issue: The students in front of the administration building were agitating against the increase in tuition.
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agitate for

v.
To stir up public support for some cause or issue: The union decided to agitate for better health insurance.
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The first new patent to be issued is directed to Coinstar's proprietary coin cleaning technology and describes a perforated receptacle that agitates a batch of coins to clean them before advancing them to a coin discriminator.
The fluff is blown into a cyclone mounted atop the fluff surge hopper, which agitates and feeds the ground scrap into the fluff metering hopper below it.