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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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)

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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."
"And what did you know about Geoffrey Boycott? He stuck to it and got the runs in the end."
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That might have come from the Geoffrey Boycott gospel.
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Truman and Geoffrey Boycott, our fellow Yorkshiremen, playing cricket for us.
FORMER England batsman Geoffrey Boycott claims it is "difficult" for him to understand why Michael Yardy has returned home from the World Cup suffering with depression, and says the Sussex man was "not good enough" to be there in the first place.
Cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott has a house here worth pounds 2m while soccer stars Sol Campbell and Darren Anderton's are worth around pounds 3m each.
But Wayne Morton, Yorkshire's consultant physio, today hit back at the criticism, saying: 'I don't want to get into a tit-for-tat situation with Geoffrey Boycott, but I don't think he has any information on what is wrong with Michael.'
Duncan fletcher has hit back at Geoffrey Boycott's criticism of the England coach.
These end-of-season friendlies are often played at a slower pace than a Geoffrey Boycott Test century and, rumour has it, Stan Boardman is going to do a little stand-up show on the pitch at half-time to liven things up.
Cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott arrived back in London yesterday and launched an amazing attack on the French courts.