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noun (in a fort or the like)
a gateway permitting the passage of a large number of troops at a time.
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Origin of sally port
First recorded in 1640–50
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How to use sally port in a sentence
"I hope you will not get into hot water, Mr. Passford," said Captain Westover, as he came to the sallyport with him.Within The Enemy's Lines|Oliver Optic
Ten minutes later, the "assembly" sounded to form ranks on the parade outside of the sallyport.
On the north was the post band on one side of the sallyport and the non-commissioned staff and some buglers on the other.
I was on the scrubbing squad that day when they passed through the sallyport of the South Battery, unannounced.
The guard-room and prison were in casemates on the east side of the fort, on each side of a sallyport.
British Dictionary definitions for sally port
/ (ˈsælɪˌpɔːt) /
an opening in a fortified place from which troops may make a sally
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