Embargo vs boycott

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Gautier51, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Gautier51 Senior Member

    What's the difference between an embargo and a boycott ? Thanks.
  2. -mack-

    -mack- Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    American English
    A boycott is when a group of people and/or businesses refuse to buy certain products.

    An embargo is sort of a boycott of one country by another country.

    The United States has a trade embargo against Cuba.
    African-American citizens of Montgomery, Alabama refused to use mass transit during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in protest of the system's racial discrimination.
  3. Gautier51 Senior Member

    Thank you. It's crystal clear !

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