- a bank of earth built behind a trench or military emplacement to protect soldiers from a surprise attack from the rear.
Origin of parados
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A 59 had burst on the parados of our trench, and caused—as 59's usually did—a bit of a mess.
"Blimey, I can't stick this," and perched himself on the parados.
He struggled to his feet and leaned over the parados with me.The Secret Battle
A. P. Herbert
The work was: repair of parapet and parados knocked in by recent shelling.
I stood on the parados of Liverpool Trench and watched with amazement.
- a bank behind a trench or other fortification, giving protection from being fired on from the rear
C19: from French, from para- ² + dos back, from Latin dorsum; compare parasol, parapet
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Word Origin and History for parados
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