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From Hindi घेराव (gherāv, encirclement).



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gherao (plural gheraos or gheraoes)

  1. (India) A protest in which a group of people surrounds a politician, building, etc. until demands are met.
    • 2002, Bharti Kirchner, Darjeeling, St. Martin's Press (2002), →ISBN, page 26:
      They had done a gherao and trapped the manager in his office for a whole day.
    • 2007, Ramachandra Guha, India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy, Macmillan (2007), →ISBN, page 425:
      This was an invitation to strike: according to one estimate, there were more than 1,200 gheraos in the first six months of the first UF-LF government.
    • 2011, Arun Sinha, Nitish Kumar and the Rise of Bihar, Viking (2011), →ISBN, page 40:
      They led us in a mob to the administrative office of the Patna University, blockaded the main entrance and besieged the vice chancellor's office in a gherao []


gherao (third-person singular simple present gheraos, present participle gheraoing, simple past and past participle gheraoed)

  1. (India, transitive) To surround for this purpose.
    • 1996, Kavery Nambisan, The Scent of Pepper, Penguin (2010), →ISBN, page 215:
      One day the city magistrate asked the army for help to curb a protest march by women Congress workers who had threatened to gherao the officials in the divisional office.
    • 2006, Shakuntala Devi, Employment of Labour and Rural Development, Sarup & Sons (2006), →ISBN, page 53:
      In reply, the cultivators, apparently now protesting under the banner of the BKU gheraoed the power station.
    • 2010, B. G. Verghese, First Draft: Witness to the Making of Modern India, Tranquebar Press (2010), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Further incensed by the findings of two Citizen's Inquiry Committees that he had set up to probe the earlier police firings in Gaya and Patna, JP now announced a programme that involved picketing the Assembly, gheraoing the residences of MLAs, []