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sally port

noun, (in a fort or the like)
a gateway permitting the passage of a large number of troops at a time.
a postern.
Origin of sally port
First recorded in 1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A heavy division forced its way into the redoubt through the sallyport, and as Ned saw he uttered a deep gasp.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • However, into the boat we went, and pulled away for old sallyport.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Ten minutes later, the "assembly" sounded to form ranks on the parade outside of the sallyport.

  • "I hope you will not get into hot water, Mr. Passford," said Captain Westover, as he came to the sallyport with him.

  • On the north was the post band on one side of the sallyport and the non-commissioned staff and some buglers on the other.

  • By the same way or bursting through the sallyport, equally brave men of both regiments came close after him.

  • I know exactly where180 lies Castle Yewe, and I wish to ride within its sallyport without further parley or delay.

    The Red Tavern Charles Raymond Macauley
  • I was on the scrubbing squad that day when they passed through the sallyport of the South Battery, unannounced.

  • It was a species of free-masonry known only to the initiated at the sallyport.

    Snarleyyow Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Some entered with them pell mell through the sallyport, others stormed the bastion, and others scrambled over the curtain.

British Dictionary definitions for sallyport


an opening in a fortified place from which troops may make a sally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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