A phalanx of Israeli soldiers flanked on opposing hillsides by heavily armed troops blocked their path.
There is a phalanx of presidential candidates and congressional leaders to take on that task.
Only one plaintiff sat behind the phalanx of black-robed lawyers representing the plaintiffs and the rights groups.
A phalanx of cops formed behind them as they started across.
Images of the leader surrounded by a phalanx of police officers made global news.
The phalanx exterminated all the remaining Barbarians at leisure.
Besides the phalanx and the bodies of Gauls, there was a troop of elephants in Antigonus's army.
Adrian Sicler declares in 1639, a notorious villain who met his fate on the wheel had this awful sign on the first phalanx.
Their position, as it would seem, was between the phalanx and the Gauls.
Mr. Owen called at the office of the phalanx, the organ of Brisbane, and was received with distinction.
1550s, "line of battle in close ranks," from Latin phalanx "compact body of heavily armed men in battle array," or directly from Greek phalanx (genitive phalangos) "line of battle, battle array," also "finger or toe bone," originally "round piece of wood, trunk, log," of unknown origin. Perhaps from PIE root *bhelg- "plank, beam" (cf. Old English balca "balk;" see balk (n.)). The Macedonian phalanx consisted of 50 close files of 16 men each. In anatomy, originally the whole row of finger joints, which fit together like infantry in close order. Figurative sense of "number of persons banded together in a common cause" is attested from 1600 (cf. Spanish Falangist, member of a fascist organization founded in 1933).
phalanx pha·lanx (fā'lāngks', fāl'āngks')
n. pl. pha·lanx·es or pha·lan·ges (fə-lān'jēz, fā-)
Any of the long bones of the fingers or toes, numbering 14 for each hand or foot: two for the thumb or big toe, and three each for the other four digits.