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A lawful concerted attempt by a group of people to express displeasure with, or obtain concessions from, a particular person or company by refusing to do business with them. An unlawful attempt that is prohibited by the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.), to adversely affect a company through threat, coercion, or intimidation of its employees, or to prevent others from doing business with said company. A practice utilized in labor disputes whereby an organized group of employees bands together and refrains from dealing with an employer, the legality of which is determined by applicable provisions of statutes governing labor-management relations.

A classic example of this is a consumer boycott whereby a group of customers refuses to purchase a particular product in order to indicate their dissatisfaction with excessive prices or the offensive actions of a particular manufacturer or producer.


Labor Law.


n. organized refusal to purchase products or patronize a store to damage the producer or merchant monetarily, to influence its policy, and/or to attract attention to a social cause. Labor unions and their sympathizers have boycotted lettuce and grapes not picked by union farm workers, and civil rights activists have boycotted stores and restaurants that had "white only" hiring policies. The term is named for Captain Charles C. Boycott, a notorious land agent, whose neighbors ostracized him during Ireland's Land League rent wars in the 1880's. Boycotts are not illegal in themselves, unless there are threats or violence involved. A "secondary" boycott, which boycotts those who do business with the primary target of the boycotters, is an unfair labor practice under Federal and state laws. (See: secondary boycott)


noun abstention from buying, abstention from using, avoidance, ban, banning, black-listing, debarring, embargo, exclusion, ostracism, refusal to do business, rejection, shunning, strike, withholding of patronage
Associated concepts: primary boycott, secondary boycott
See also: ban, condemn, disapprove, eschew, exclude, exclusion, ignore, picket, proscription, reject, shun, strike
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I repeated what I said to Geoffrey Boycott and Dickie Bird and they said 'It's a joke, that's absolutely fine', so I think absolution from those two Yorkshiremen - I hope that will be enough to see me through.
Nicholas would be the front man (who else) with the moniker Sparky Marky, Atherton could be known as Ol' Dirty Pocket and Geoffrey Boycott, (possibly known as Boycs in the Hood, in true ghetto style finally able to spout the profanities which he has been holding back all these years, could perform the chorus "Richie's gone but I'm still here in my Yorkshire garb, "Diss it and I'll hit ya with a f*** stick of rhubarb.
CRICKET legend Geoffrey Boycott has launched his most bitter attack yet on ex-lover Margaret Moore, branding her a gold-digging "conwoman".
Cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott arrived back in London yesterday and launched an amazing attack on the French courts.
AN EVENING WITH BOYCOTT & AGGERS, Monday, Symphony Hall, Birmingham (0121 345 0600) GEOFFREY Boycott and Jonathan Agnew return to Symphony Hall with their Second Innings tour, ready to entertain cricket fans with their witty stories about the game.
GEOFFREY Boycott has warned frontrunner Andrew Strauss may not be the right man to become England's new director of cricket.
This West Indies attack could not bowl my mum out" - Former England batsman Sir Geoffrey Boycott (pictured) disparages the Windies' Test match bowlers.
EOIN MORGAN brushed aside concerns about his form ahead of England's World Cup opener against Australia - but Geoffrey Boycott claims the England captain is overrated.
Plans to knight cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott were blocked because of his 1998 conviction for domestic assault, despite the honour being backed by Home Secretary Theresa May.
London, Apr 25 ( ANI ): Legendary England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has warned new England coach Peter Moores to start well with the team or risk ending up like deposed Manchester United boss David Moyes.
1940: Geoffrey Boycott, Yorkshire and England cricketer, was born in Fitzwilliam, West Yorkshire.
And in the evening there will be a pre-Ashes legends dinner with Botham and Geoffrey Boycott already confirming their attendance.