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1. verb To participate in a non-violent protest in which participants occupy a particular space and refuse to move. Students have been sitting in since Monday to protest discriminatory enrollment practices.
2. verb To attend something as a spectator or visitor, rather than a regular or full participant. Typically followed by "on (something)." They invited me to sit in on one of their meetings to see how things normally progress. I didn't earn any credit for it, but sitting in on the class gave me a lot of useful information that I could apply to my business.
3. verb To temporarily act as a substitute for someone else, especially in a meeting or discussion-based activity. Typically followed by "for (someone)." Hi, everyone, I'll be sitting in for Mike in today's meeting. He had to fly back to Memphis last night for a family emergency. Our manager is out of the office today, so Mary will be sitting in instead.
4. noun A non-violent protest in which participants occupy a particular space and refuse to move. As a noun, the phrase is hyphenated. Students have organized a sit-in to protest discriminatory enrollment practices.
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sit in (on something)

to attend something as a visitor; to act as a temporary participant in something. Do you mind if I sit in on your discussion? Please do sit in.
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sit in

(for someone) to act as a substitute for someone. (Usually involves actual sitting, such as at a meeting.) I am not a regular member of this committee. I am sitting in for Larry Smith. Do you mind if I sit in? My representative can't be here.
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sit in

1. Attend or take part as a visitor, as in My son's jazz group asked me to sit in tonight. It is often put as sit in on, as in They asked me to sit in on their poker game. [Mid-1800s]
2. Take part in a sit-in, that is, an organized protest in which seated participants refuse to move. For example, The students threatened to sit in unless the dean was reinstated. [c. 1940]
3. sit in on. Visit or observe, as in I'm sitting in on his class, but not for credit. [Early 1900s]
4. sit in for. Substitute for a regular member of a group, as in I'm just sitting in for Harold, who couldn't make it.
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sit in

v.
1. To be present or participate as a visitor at a discussion or music session: The professor allowed me to sit in on one of her lectures. A guitarist will be sitting in with the band today.
2. To take part in a sit-in or similar organized protest: The protesters sat in at the construction site.
3. sit in for To act as a substitute: She will be sitting in for the usual news anchor, who is away on vacation.
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Kandhkot town remained partially closed due to protest rallies and sit-ins. The major rally, led by Maulvi Yar Mohammed and Maulvi Shamsuddin Soharyani, culminated outside the local press club, where participants held a sit-in.
He said that firstly these elements made all attempts to devastate the national economy through sit-ins and then tried to weaken the country through a lockdown.
National Defence Council urges disbanding of sit-ins
The SPA in a statement issued on Sunday evening welcomed the "genius" organisation and hailed the significant participation of protesters in the different sit-ins.
'During the protests, sit-ins and riots, total 39 FIRs have been lodged against 61 suspects.
Police said that in some of the cases, the local leadership of the TLP was also nominated, adding that no arrest has so far been made while the police was looking for their arrests with the help of the CCTV footages and the videos went viral on the social media linked to the protests and sit-ins.
The source told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that "the gate towards the oil well 20 in Barjesiyah location at the entrance to Rumaila and Zubayr oil is secured and there is no demonstrations and sit-ins," pointing out that "the employees of oil companies continue to enter and exit to their workplaces with high flow.
'Many characters played a part in 2014 sit-ins,' the former premier said while speaking to media men inside an accountability court hearing corruption cases against him on Wednesday.
While talking about 2014 sit-ins, Nawaz Sharif said that I have a lot to say but I have not revealed it yet.
The two leaders were also booked for misuse of loudspeakers during the sit-ins.
Lahore -- Due to possible threat of terrorism all important buildings and installations situated at Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam including Punjab Assembly, Governor's House, Lahore High Court, 90- Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam and State Bank of Pakistan, every kind of processions, meetings, strikes, sit-ins and rallies etc have been banned immediately under Section 144.
BAHAWALPUR -- Federal Minister for Inter-Coordination, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada has said that so-called sit-ins being announced by a certain group of politicians would damage interests of the country, adding that political leaders should work for the welfare of common people.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair on Monday warned that any attempt to topple the government through sit-ins will cause the big loss to country and will also create provocation in the society.Addressing a seminar in Karachi, the governor said, "Once Karachi was considered most dangerous city, however present government has even locked doors of those, who had been shut Karachi," adding that today people of Karachi were fearless.
LAHORE -- Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif ordered to release all of the 170 arrested protesters during the sit-ins in the last few days.
The defendants were arrested in March on charges of inciting violence and riots, and storming Malwy police station in Minya during the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda sit-ins.