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agitate against (someone or something)

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. The students have had great success agitating against the closure of the dorm, but I don't know that they will be able to change the dean's mind. No, we don't want a shopping mall in our small town, and we will agitate against it until plans are scrapped!
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agitate for (something)

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. The protesters are agitating for better working conditions from the company. A: "Are you guys seriously agitating for a shopping mall in our small town?" B: "Yeah, we're sick having to travel 10 miles to the grocery store!"
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

agitate against

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

To stir up public support for some cause or issue: The union decided to agitate for better health insurance.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The agitating farmers have been demanding an MSP of Rs6,000 per quintal (100kg) of cotton, Rs2,500 per quintal of paddy and Rs2,500 per quintal of soybean.
The reports also mentioned that Haryana Industries Minister Randip Singh Surjewala expressed concern but insisted that authorities were trying their best to end the standoff between agitating workers and management.
The agitating Chhetri activists vandalized over a dozen vehicles in various parts of Kathmandu Valley.
"The standoff took a serious turn two months ago, when the agitating employees ransacked the company's offices, and the management retaliated by dismissing around 300 people for misbehaviour and rioting."
Supporters of the political parties agitating against the king's seizure of executive powers in October 2002 took to the streets in many other parts of the kingdom and clashed when police intervened, reports reaching the capital said.
He told the press in February that his "foot isn't heading for the brake" yet, but analysts predict he will be one of the first members agitating to take back some of last fall's rate cuts by the second half of this year.
She also shows the importance of the sympathy these deputies garnered from the chair (Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, currently under house arrest) and vice-chair (Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, later assassinated) of the constitutional meeting in agitating for their inclusion and in helping to redu ce the repetitive references to Islam in the language of the constitution.
Too many African Americans want to be able to gain as much, and go as far and as fast as any other citizen of this great land--as long as they don't have to risk being a "trouble maker" by agitating against the practices, policies and behaviors that prevent them from doing so.
A sensation was created when <IR> THE ODORE ROOSEVELT </IR> joined its staff in 1909; he wrote articles agitating for many reforms.
Summary: New Delhi [India], July 19 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday warned an agitating opposition member not to touch any of the parliamentary staff while protesting in the well of the House.
The agitating doctors have been demanding that all doctors should be managed by the Federal Government and the Federal Government should mobilise them in the local and province levels.
This was strongly opposed by the dock labour unions and ever since they had been agitating against the concession agreement which removed their role in the cargo handling activity of the terminal for getting wages and royalty.
The faculty members and some students kept Abdullah in washroom to avoid him from harm at the hands of agitating mob.
Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), tops the list of agitating parties who are ardently engaged in playing with the emotions of the people and are hell bent on ousting the incumbent government.