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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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Summary: The BBC has apologised to radio listeners after a foul-mouthed outburst from Sir Geoffrey Boycott during its cricket coverage.
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.
Geoffrey Boycott has done this at least once, possibly twice before, if we include Geoffrey Boycott on Cricket, published in 1999, and Geoffrey Boycott: The Autobiography, published in 2006 and rereleased last year.
Truman and Geoffrey Boycott, our fellow Yorkshiremen, playing cricket for us.
1981: Geoffrey Boycott took his score to 86 not out against India at Delhi to become the (then) most prolific run-scoring batsman in Test history.
Summary: England great Geoffrey Boycott accused Alastair Cook's men of "poor cricket" as the over-rate slowed .
GEOFFREY BOYCOTT has backed Alastair Cook to greatly extend his record of 23 Test hundreds for England.
Geoffrey Boycott, from Rogerstone, drew the noted stones peg and landed a succession of carp to 4lb to finish with 178lb, while on the next peg Caerphilly's Richard Baldwin used the same pole and paste approach for a second best 162lb.
The superstar golfer was gripped by the sensational arrers Michael Vaughan Drive back from the ground sat behind Boycs is always interesting - just got to his eighth Test hundred - 14 to go The former England captain tries not to let a journey with Geoffrey Boycott spoil his mood You can follow me on Twitter @stevepalmer78
1940: Geoffrey Boycott, Yorkshire and England cricketer, was born in Fitzwilliam, West Yorkshire.
Last night England cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott questioned the decision to play in Durham in May.
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.