rifle pit



a pit or short trench affording shelter to riflemen in firing at an enemy.

Origin of rifle pit

First recorded in 1850–55
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Historical Examples of rifle pit

  • Knowing this, they tore on till the rifle-pit was only a hundred yards away.

    A Dash from Diamond City

    George Manville Fenn

  • That night the regiment occupied a rifle-pit about half a mile from the river.

    The Seventh Regiment

    George L. Wood

  • I made a comfortable bed, by leaning two rails against the rifle-pit.

    In The Ranks

    R. E. McBride

  • All Virginia, from the Rapidan to Richmond, was a rifle-pit and an earthwork.

  • Then a dozen men came hurrying out of the rifle-pit where they had lain low, to surround the exhausted pair.

    A Dash from Diamond City

    George Manville Fenn