a zone of heavy defensive fortifications erected by France along its eastern border in the years preceding World War II, but outflanked in 1940 when the German army attacked through Belgium.
any elaborate line of defense or set of barriers.
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How to use Maginot line in a sentence
A lot of Republican candidates are trying to finesse the establishment-Tea Party Maginot line and be both things to all people.The Tea Party Is Dead? Nah, That’s Just a Flesh Wound | Michael Tomasky | May 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rivers was dug in behind this innocent-purchase-and-sale-in-good-faith Maginot line of his.Murder in the Gunroom | Henry Beam Piper
Hitler would never dare attack the Maginot line, and eventually the war would just peter out.Dave Dawson at Dunkirk | Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for Maginot line
a line of fortifications built by France to defend its border with Germany prior to World War II; it proved ineffective against the German invasion
any line of defence in which blind confidence is placed
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Cultural definitions for Maginot line
A chain of defensive fortifications built by France on its eastern border between World War I and World War II. The Maginot line was designed to stop any future invasion by Germany, but it was never completed. In World War II, the Germans conquered France by going around the Maginot line to the north.
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