protest noun

ADJ. angry, strong, violent | peaceful | sit-down | mass | formal, official | popular, public, student | anti-government, political | continuing, further, renewed | rooftop, street a rooftop protest by prison inmates | widespread

QUANT. flood, storm, tide, wave The new tax sparked a wave of public protest.

VERB + PROTEST organize, stage | lodge, register The Samoan team lodged a formal protest after the referee sent off the wrong player. | lead to, spark

PROTEST + NOUN group, movement | demonstration, march, meeting, rally | strike | petition | song

PREP. in ~ Prisoners shouted and hurled slates in protest. | under ~ The strikers returned to work, but under protest. | without ~ The crowd dispersed without protest. | ~ about a protest about the new bypass | ~ against There had been a number of public protests against the new tax. | ~ at The party boycotted the election in protest at alleged vote rigging. | ~ over a student protest over tuition fees

PHRASES a chorus/cry/howl of protest The announcement brought cries of protest from the crowd. | the freedom/right of protest The constitution guarantees the right of peaceful protest. | a letter of protest