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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PATROL

Scarcely a night went by without its patrol or ambulance case.

The men in the canoe were surely keen of eye, and they must be a patrol.

I set off with all speed, and when I arrived there was a Prussian patrol at the cottage.

Possibly, after all, the man was merely a patrol from some outlying station.

I'll tell you what you might do, Chance: you might patrol the roads on the edge of town.

"They had their reasons, I suppose," he was told by the patrol leader.

"No, and it's safe for us to push on," the patrol leader announced.

Suppose a patrol should come along, what a nice fix I should be in!

He was a patrol guard, on a visiting tour of the outlying stations.

A moment afterwards she heard the patrol challenging him on the piazza.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "action of going the rounds" (of a military camp, etc.), from French patrouille "a night watch" (1530s), from patrouiller "go the rounds to watch or guard," originally "tramp through the mud," probably soldiers' slang, from Old French patouiller "paddle in water," probably from pate "paw, foot" (see patten). Compare paddlefoot, World War II U.S. Army slang for "infantry soldier." Meaning "those who go on a patrol" is from 1660s. Sense of "detachment of soldiers sent out to scout the countryside, the enemy, etc." is attested from 1702.

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