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c.1600, from re- + enforcement.

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  • They were facing down the road, and they could not help seeing that a re-enforcement for their side was approaching.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • "That's a lieutenant in command of the escort," said the commander of the re-enforcement.

  • She would hurry to his side, with the re-enforcement of her own great love while God was there helping him.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • On the 5th, Anderson wrote to Washington that he needed no re-enforcement.

  • Then I thought I should do more service if I let the main army know, and brought you a re-enforcement.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • After the "re-enforcement" had retired the council was continued.

    A Boy Trooper With Sheridan Stanton P. Allen
  • The Rebels had cut the railway between the two points, so that the re-enforcement did not reach Corinth until the battle was over.

  • The next day dawned and passed, but not a sign of that re-enforcement.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • The Bashaw of Buda was soon to feel the effect of this re-enforcement.

    Captain John Smith Charles Dudley Warner
  • Northern figures admit an aggregate of 97,000 re-enforcement between the Rapidan and the James!

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