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agitate against

To provoke or encourage negative feelings or opinions about someone or something; to protest something. The protesters are agitating against the company's unfair working conditions.
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agitate for

To encourage and build support for a cause, especially by actively campaigning for it. The students have had great success agitating for more social events on campus, but the dean is still opposed to the idea.
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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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A tale is told of James Watson walking down a street and agitatedly waving a paper at a passing acquaintance, saying, "Linus doesn't have his Nobel yet
The seated figure is envisioned with the lower part of its left leg resting forward and slightly turning to the left (instead of agitatedly moving backwards and to the right, as in the Uffizi Annunciation), which results in a more natural repose of the draperies on the ground; the cloth seems thicker, softer, and its more rounded folds appear as if subtly inflated by air.
One June weekend, as I entered the MK Bowl to watch a five-a-side soccer tournament, trucks were circling the complex, speakers cranked to 11, as a voice agitatedly bellowed out, "MK Taxi
But Renfield's delirium is general in the film, which cuts agitatedly among disparate views and unexplained events, glimpsed in the flashes given off from an unseen lighthouse.
But in January 1935, while the book was in press, Ish-Kishor wrote agitatedly to Dreiser, "desperately upset," asking him to intervene in a "dreadful situation.
But it won't win in the end," says John, hopefully, agitatedly.
At worst, they may agitatedly pace the house or wander outside and get lost.
I'M straining to hear the commentary of some race at Haydock and she's agitatedly trying to hoover around my ankles.
When next encountered after her wordless opening, Laura has shed her sunglasses and is steaming agitatedly about her south London home.
Shuttlesworth agitatedly replied, "Now Chief, we're just tired as hell of Bull Connor harassing us and we are about ready to just all of us go to jail.
Back in Philadelphia, Lavinia has waited agitatedly for her brother, and for Zeke.
It was the sound of the bore, travelling up river, invisible in the night, but making the reeds and rushes on the river banks swish and sway agitatedly with a noise like the sound of excited whispered gossip.
In the next few hours, some shopped until they dropped while others stood agitatedly in long queues at ATMs, anxious to get rid of the offending notes before the stroke of midnight - when they would cease to be legal tender.