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human chain


a line of people, esp. to provide strength or protection; also, humans seen as interconnected body


They formed a human chain and pull him out of the mire.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • It was a sort of human chain by which Hank was pulled to safety.

  • There was a slight give and a sag, but the “human chain” held.

  • The wood-nymphs wreathed a human chain about the marge of the pool.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • As the full force of the current caught this human chain it stretched and sagged ominously.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • He was followed by link after link of the human chain until they were all safe at the edge of the bank.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Merritt was to form the last link in this human chain that was to rescue Rob Blake, if such a thing was possible.

  • From my eyrie on its blizzard-beaten crest I could see the human chain drag upward link by link, and every link a man.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

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