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heavy artillery

noun
1.
guns and howitzers of large caliber.
2.
guns and howitzers of 155-mm caliber and larger.
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  • At least they would retaliate by raying the city with their heavy artillery.

    Loot of the Void Edwin K. Sloat
  • As for heavy artillery, practically speaking, there was none!

  • A shot from the Spanish heavy artillery opened the bloody combat.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • Orders for us were not likely to be with a group of heavy artillery.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • The sick and wounded were sent off by railway, as was the heavy artillery.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth Manning Ferguson Force
  • This was the first manipulation of heavy artillery by steam.

    James B. Eads Louis How
  • The elephants were employed to transport the heavy artillery in India.

    Masterman Ready Captain Frederick Marryat
  • They were armed with heavy artillery of the best modern construction.

Slang definitions & phrases for heavy artillery

heavy artillery

noun phrase

The most impressive and persuasive arguments, evidence, persons, etc, available: The Republicans are rolling out their heaviest artillery for this debate/ Against these big critics' big guns I offered the author some shelter (first form 1809+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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