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sally port

noun (in a fort or the like)
  1. a gateway permitting the passage of a large number of troops at a time.
  2. a postern.
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Origin of sally port

First recorded in 1640–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • As they approached the sally-port they were met with by a withering fire.

    Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman.

    W. Fletcher Johnson

  • But it is certain death for me to go out of that sally-port.

    The Story of Old Fort Loudon

    Charles Egbert Craddock

  • But she did not answer a word till we reached the sally-port.

    Heralds of Empire

    Agnes C. Laut

  • He hitched his belt and glanced up towards the sally-port as he stood back laughing.

    The Black Feather

    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • Throw open the sally-port; to the field, Sixtieths, to the field; pull not a trigger, lest ye kill my lambs!

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper