The cheval de frise had given way under the strain upon it, and the rope had dropped on to the coping of the wall itself.
But between the hunters and their fallen quarry reared a cheval de frise of flame and fallen timber impossible to cross.
Whence also cheval de frise, a contrivance used by the Frieslanders against cavalry.
1680s, from French, literally "horse of Frisia," supposedly because it was first employed there as a defense against cavalry; from French cheval "horse" (see cavalier (n.)). Plural chevaux de frise.