hunger strike

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hunger strike (plural hunger strikes)

  1. A fast undertaken as a means of protest, often by a prisoner.
    • 2013 September 23, Masha Gessen, "Life in a Russian Prison," New York Times (retrieved 24 September 2013):
      Alekhina has become a vocal advocate for prisoners’ rights, a sort of jailhouse lawyer who has exposed numerous violations, filed copious complaints, and, in May, held an 11-day hunger strike that succeeded in changing conditions in her penal colony.