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liberty pole

Also called liberty tree. American History. a pole or tree, often with a liberty cap or a banner at the top, usually located on a village green or in a market square, used by the Sons of Liberty in many colonial towns as a symbol of protest against British rule and around which anti-British rallies were held.
a tall flagpole, traditionally with a liberty cap at the top, serving as a symbol of liberty.
Origin of liberty pole
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On the common, half way between the two, was the liberty pole.

  • “Of course Machias is to have a liberty pole,” continued Mr. Weston.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine Alice Turner Curtis
  • “You must come with the others to the liberty pole on Sabbath morning,” he added.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine Alice Turner Curtis
  • On the 5th of June the first liberty pole in the Colony was set up at Savannah.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • At this place there is a liberty pole set up by some of the brethren.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • The pole on which a flag was hung was not called a flag pole, but a liberty pole.

    The Little Book of the Flag Eva March Tappan
  • This well was used into the present century, when it was covered and during the war of 1812-14 a liberty pole was erected in it.

    Jersey City and its Historic Sites Harriet Phillips Eaton
  • They were to raise a liberty pole there, and the crowd must have numbered two hundred or more.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • In the midst of this horrid uproar, a sudden, swift flash and down fell the liberty pole.

  • Had there been no Gesler to hoist his cap on a liberty pole, there would have been no William Tell.

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