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man the barricades

To launch or participate in a protest against some group, organization, or policy one disagrees with. People around the country are manning the barricades following the president's most recent policy announcement. I would be willing to man the barricades if some giant corporation ever tried to buy out our local businesses.
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man (or go to) the barricades

strongly protest against a government or other institution or its policy.
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The obvious action that he is most likely to follow is the request for more American marines to instill more backbone and guts to the jittery nerves and cold sweat running in the weary troops manning the barricades at American bases in Iraq.Fallujah may not be the last of the true brave cities, but in Iraq it provided a first lesson on how to stand the ground and force the occupiers to demand a ceasefire.
But Messier found himself manning the barricades again May 30, as investors discarded its stock like last week's baguette, sending its shares plunging as much as 6%.
Instead, when others are manning the barricades and handing out the leaflets, she can usually be found tucked up in bed, wrapped in a duvet and withdrawing her labour, both from the vast legions of claimants who desperately need her services and from me and the kids.
They are proud of their intellectual erudition and cultivate it assiduously (bohemian), but do not, as earlier generations of intellectuals did, see themselves as an elite manning the barricades of high culture against "mass society": they move comfortably within that culture, discerning neither difficulty nor moral compromise in understanding the life of the mind as yet another exercise in self-marketing (bourgeois).
The genetic revolution is upon us, and artists are manning the barricades. But which side are they on: the one that views biotechnology as a horrifying new development or the one that sees it as a tool of liberation?
They will, of course, be manning the barricades again next Wednesday night with Jose Mourinho undefeated at Chelsea in over 70 home games.