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drawbridge

[draw-brij] /ˈdrɔˌbrɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a bridge of which the whole or a section may be drawn up, let down, or drawn aside, to prevent access or to leave a passage open for boats, barges, etc.
Origin of drawbridge
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English drawebrigge. See draw, bridge1
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  • I put out my drawbridge and got back to the hotel and started the fire.

    Track's End Hayden Carruth
  • "I wish they would come and turn this drawbridge away," said Rollo.

    Rollo in London Jacob Abbott
  • But loud shouts were raised on the drawbridge, and it was evident it was occupied by the enemy.

    Guy Fawkes William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I pictured dungeons and a drawbridge, perhaps a secret passage.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Letting down the drawbridge for me now may attract observation.

    The Castle of Andalusia John O'Keeffe
  • Cousin Philippe stayed outside and kept watch at the drawbridge.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • Between the drawbridge and the portcullis were two small guard-houses, which, very carelessly, had been left empty.

  • The drawbridge was down, and the duty of the day was about being entered upon.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
British Dictionary definitions for drawbridge

drawbridge

/ˈdrɔːˌbrɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a bridge that may be raised to prevent access or to enable vessels to pass
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Word Origin and History for drawbridge
n.

14c., from draw (v.) + bridge (n.).

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