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flanker

[ flang-ker ]

noun

  1. a person or thing that flanks.
  2. Military. one of a body of soldiers placed on the flank of an army to guard a line of march.
  3. Fortification. a fortification projecting so as to defend another work or to command the flank of an assailing body.
  4. Football.
    1. Also called flankerback. an offensive back who lines up outside of an end.


flanker

/ ˈflæŋkə /

noun

  1. one of a detachment of soldiers detailed to guard the flanks, esp of a formation
  2. a projecting fortification, used esp to protect or threaten a flank
  3. rugby a wing forward


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Word History and Origins

Origin of flanker1

First recorded in 1540–50; flank + -er 1
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Example Sentences

The only reason Bareman started fighting was because he had washed out as a rugby flanker and he wanted to get back in shape so he could return to rugby.

From Ozy

Presumably, it was part of a flanker for a formal outdoor stair or steps (fig. 39).

I would send one man as a left flanker to follow the west bank of Sandy Creek.

The great flanker, or round tower, at the west end of the line was twenty-nine feet high.

What a sin it would be to spoil a fellow cut out for a flanker; and on a shoulder intended to carry a grenade, to hang a surplice.

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