breastwork

[ brest-wurk ]
/ ˈbrɛstˌwɜrk /

noun Fortification.

a defensive work, usually breast high.

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Origin of breastwork

First recorded in 1635–45; breast + work
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British Dictionary definitions for breastwork

breastwork
/ (ˈbrɛstˌwɜːk) /

noun

fortifications a temporary defensive work, usually breast-highAlso called: parapet
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