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flying wedge

noun
1.
a fast-moving group of law-enforcement officers in a compact, wedge-shaped formation that can infiltrate crowds or protect someone effectively.
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  • Coburn zestfully let himself be thrown out, while Dillon roared and tried to get at him through the flying wedge of waiters.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • And those were the days of the flying wedge and two forty-five minute halves with only ten minutes intermission!

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Here, Miss Jinny, squeeze in before me—there's a chance to get inside if we form a flying wedge.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • He meant to imitate in some degree the flying wedge used upon the football field with such good effect.

  • The flying wedge of Manfred's knights had pushed itself deep into the French line, but then had come to a stop.

  • For the team could refrain from conflict no longer, and charged like a flying wedge to worry the dying foe.

    Polaris of the Snows Charles B. Stilson
  • I leaped into the car at the head of a flying wedge of sinful, unmystical men, who knew nothing of infinite beauty and peace.

    Shandygaff

    Christopher Morley
  • Making it four downs instead of three has led to a more open game, and the flying wedge has been done away with altogether.

  • Bring them up Main Street singing, and send a flying wedge through the mob;—that will smash it.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson

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