human shield


  1. a person or group of people located or intentionally placed in a potential line of fire or in an area likely to be attacked.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of human shield1

First recorded in 1880–85

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Example Sentences

He even served as a human shield of sorts, absorbing the wrath of disgruntled fans who might have turned on Snyder instead of launching a “Fire Bruce Allen” campaign.

He gave a speech about a bill to help families of our wonderful veterans and brought his young son along as a human shield.

Spun around and held as a human shield I had to helplessly watch her come yawning in the kitchen door.

"That's so," replied Stransky glumly, realizing that he was running with a human shield on his back.

His sword was wrested from his grasp, and he was made a human shield for this preposterously impudent American.

Mallory was crouched in the seat, and almost perfectly covered by a human shield.


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