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noun riot pronunciation in British English /ˈraɪət/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a violent protest by a crowd of people

    anti-government riots

    the country's history of riot and disorder

    start/provoke/spark a riot:

    The new laws sparked prison riots across the country.

    quell a riot (=stop it):

    Seven people were hurt as police tried to quell the riot.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] worn or used by police to protect themselves during a riot

      a riot shield

      Police in full riot gear attempted to clear the streets.



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