Origin of outpost
Examples from the Web for outpost
The Cubans pulled up to the outpost and crammed the survivors into an open-body jeep and a pickup truck.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A former store manager at a Malibu, California outpost filed a lawsuit in December of 2012.His Reputation Precedes Him: Dov Charney’s Blacklist|Justin Jones|June 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On July 4, 2009, a human wave of insurgents attacked the joint U.S./Afghan outpost at Zerok.
A guard tower sat high up on a nearby hill, but the outpost itself was no fortress.
Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot.
Now this outpost of Vincennes was one of the first settlements formed in the valley of the Mississippi.On the Kentucky Frontier|James Otis
The piquets were strengthened and pushed forward, affording another opportunity for a useful lesson in outpost duty.Forty-one years in India|Frederick Sleigh Roberts
A plan to invade England also helped to deflect his mind from establishing an outpost of his empire upon our continent.A Straight Deal|Owen Wister
It was that noise we heard in the night, and we were fully expecting a horde of these men of Kharili to pour upon our outpost.Captured at Tripoli|Percy F. Westerman
His camp was concealed by a skirt of woods, and covered by an outpost.
- a position stationed at a distance from the area occupied by a major formation
- the troops assigned to such a position
1757, "military position detached from the main body of troops," from out + post (n.2). Originally in George Washington's letters. Commercial sense of "trading settlement near a frontier" is from 1802. Phrase outpost of Empire (by 1895) in later use often echoes Kipling.