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How to use breastwork in a sentence
My station was on the right of the line, where the breastwork, ending in a redoubt, was steep and high.
Our camp was enclosed with a solid wall of the dead—a bulwark, a breastwork, of corpses, you may say.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I found the reserves had thrown up a breastwork from the Ohio 348 to the Kanawha, thus inclosing the camp on the Point.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
He was on the crest of the hill, and at every lull in the strife his men piled the loose stones into a rude breastwork.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
They move upon the run,—up to the breastwork of rails,—bearing Hancock's line to the top of the ridge,—so powerful their momentum.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for breastwork
fortifications a temporary defensive work, usually breast-high: Also called: parapet
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