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picket line

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noun
  1. a line of strikers or other demonstrators serving as pickets.

Origin of picket line

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for picket line

Historical Examples

  • Carleton often rode through them, and out on the picket-line.

    Charles Carleton Coffin

    William Elliot Griffis, D. D.

  • Wallace stationed his picket-line close to the enemy's works.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth

    Manning Ferguson Force

  • One day the guard brought in a suspicious character from the picket-line.

    Whip and Spur

    George E. Waring

  • They sweep away the Rebel picket-line as if it were a cobweb.

    The Boys of '61

    Charles Carleton Coffin.

  • “I never liked pipe-smoking on the picket-line,” said Merton.

    A Diplomatic Adventure

    S. Weir Mitchell


British Dictionary definitions for picket line

picket line

noun
  1. a line of people acting as pickets
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