In 2005 I was sent to Iraq with my platoon, where we were tasked with patrolling local villages and protecting Camp Fallujah.
The new dog was incredibly nervous and on edge, patrolling the halls, sniffing in closets, and climbing on and under furniture.
But at the same time a few well-known sellers were patrolling the street in their own cars looking for customers.
Their patrolling, their bravery, their sacrifice gave the Afghans breathing room to take charge of their own affairs.
The lack of infrastructure and unforgiving terrain make smuggling – and patrolling for smugglers – difficult here.
While the minister preached, the men took turns in patrolling the building and watching the horses.
He and his men had been patrolling the lane as they had been ordered.
When feed was meager there were days of scrambling up rocky stretches, and nights of patrolling the fold.
There were people about, rooting through the debris, or patrolling in groups.
Because the Danube River forms the greater share of the controlled borders, much of the patrolling is done by boat.
1660s, "action of going the rounds" (of a military camp, etc.), from French patrouille "a night watch" (1530s), from patrouiller "go the rounds to watch or guard," originally "tramp through the mud," probably soldiers' slang, from Old French patouiller "paddle in water," probably from pate "paw, foot" (see patten). Compare paddlefoot, World War II U.S. Army slang for "infantry soldier." Meaning "those who go on a patrol" is from 1660s. Sense of "detachment of soldiers sent out to scout the countryside, the enemy, etc." is attested from 1702.
1690s, from patrol (n.) and in part from French patrouiller. Related: Patrolled; patrolling.