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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BREASTWORK

He was behind a boulder, not too dissimilar to Calhoun's breastwork.

The breastwork was about five feet high, and was absolutely unclimbable.

All the miners rushed to the breastwork save one, and that was Seth.

None of them, however, showed any signs of returning to the breastwork.

The builders of that breastwork were before my eyes, and apparently just resting from their labours.

He drew in his rein, and stopped his steed at one end of the breastwork.

Then we pushed into the mass of boughs and drove the French back into their breastwork.

How they were to take the breastwork in this way, we could not see.

Entrance is gained to the turrets themselves from inside this breastwork.

The Dominie, who had seen the occurrence, rushed back to the breastwork.

WORD ORIGIN

"fieldwork thrown up breast-high for defense," 1640s, from breast (n.) + work (n.) in "fortification" sense. Old English had breostweall in same sense.

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