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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Definitions for phalanx

  1. a number of individuals, especially persons united for a common purpose.
  2. (in ancient Greece) a group of heavily armed infantry formed in ranks and files close and deep, with shields joined and long spears overlapping.
  3. any body of troops in close array.

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Citations for phalanx
Mr. Mildmay, Mr. Gresham, and Mr. Monk were the best friends in the world, swearing by each other in their own house, and supported in the other by as gallant a phalanx of Whig peers as ever were got together to fight against the instincts of their own order in compliance with the instincts of those below them. Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn, 1869
At the entrance ... you had to pass a phalanx of salespeople before you even joined the throng struggling to obtain tickets. Peter Lovesey, Abracadaver, 1972
Origin of phalanx
Phalanx can be traced to the Greek word phálanx meaning "military formation; bone of finger or toe; wooden roller." It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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