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rifle pit

a pit or short trench affording shelter to riflemen in firing at an enemy.
Origin of rifle pit
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He told him he was able for duty and he went back into the rifle pit and died.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • Our camp was on sloping ground, the rifle pit at the foot of the slope.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • In case a trench is not available the rifle pit can be used.

    Military Instructors Manual

    James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
  • Two of our men were wounded in this second attack, and were brought into the rifle pit.

  • The earthwork was semicircular in form, and was hardly more than a rifle pit.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
  • The flies became extremely troublesome, and my little grave of a rifle pit was invaded by ants.

    The World Set Free Herbert George Wells
  • I've served my cause as best I could; in the saddle or the rifle pit; in the woods, or creeping through your lines.

    The Littlest Rebel Edward Peple
  • Sometimes if the rifle pit is wet a couple of barrels are put in and the sentries stand in the barrels.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • He was Teck Pervis of old, the defiant, blood-thirsty rebel in the rifle pit glaring over the breastworks at the enemy.

  • He waited only long enough to get the lie of the land around the rifle pit, then crept quietly back to his companions.

    On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles Thomas Charles Bridges

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