[ shuh-val-duh-freez ]
/ ʃəˈvæl dəˈfriz /
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noun, plural che·vaux-de-frise [shuh-voh-duh-freez]. /ʃəˈvoʊ dəˈfriz/. Usually chevaux-de-frise.
a portable obstacle, usually a sawhorse, covered with projecting spikes or barbed wire, for military use in closing a passage, breaking in a defensive wall, etc.
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Origin of cheval-de-frise
1680–90; <French; literally, horse of Friesland, so called because first used by Frisians
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How to use cheval-de-frise in a sentence
Whence also cheval de frise, a contrivance used by the Frieslanders against cavalry.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
The cheval de frise had given way under the strain upon it, and the rope had dropped on to the coping of the wall itself.In Strange Company|Guy Boothby
A cheval-de-frise consists of a horizontal piece of timber armed with wooden or iron lances, which project some eight or ten feet.Elements of Military Art and Science|Henry Wager Halleck
These must be sharpened, and as the walls are built, fixed among the stones so as to make a cheval-de-frise.Won by the Sword|G.A. Henty
But between the hunters and their fallen quarry reared a cheval de frise of flame and fallen timber impossible to cross.The Bell-Ringer of Angel's and Other Stories|Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for cheval-de-frise
/ (ʃəˌvældəˈfriːz) /
noun plural chevaux-de-frise (ʃəˌvəʊdəˈfriːz)
a portable barrier of spikes, sword blades, etc, used to obstruct the passage of cavalry
a row of spikes or broken glass set as an obstacle on top of a wall
Word Origin for cheval-de-frise
C17: from French, literally: horse from Friesland (where it was first used)
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