to protest = to "engage in a political demonstration for or against"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Mar 31 17:27:20 UTC 2006

Fox News on Monday reported the weekend immigration demonstrations by saying that "Thousands Protest the Rights of Lawbreakers !"

  What they meant was that the protesters were demonstrating *for* the so-called "rights of lawbreakers."

  This usage seems to be getting more common on TV news.  I first noticed it within the past five years.


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