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A thousand serried problems seemed to be pressing on me at once.

And how he thundered "Blaze with your serried columns, I will not bend the knee!"

They stood there looking down between the serried lines of trees.

Swiftly, surely, their serried ranks were closing in on the Christian band.

The Levitic officers were to protect the king's person with serried ranks.

Along the serried ranks of mosquitoes the signal runs, "Blood!"

They are like serried ranks; the ground literally bristles with them.

Then, armed to the teeth, they rode forward in serried ranks.

Instead of charging in serried ranks, the moment the command "Charge!"

The serried ash-backets were driven this way and that by the gale.

WORD ORIGIN

"pressed close together," 1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), probably a past participle adjective from serry "to press close together" (1580s), a military term, from Middle French serre "close, compact" (12c.), past participle of serrer "press close, fasten," from Vulgar Latin *serrare "to bolt, lock up," from Latin serare, from sera "a bolt, bar, cross-bar," perhaps from PIE *ser- (3) "to line up" (see series). Modern use is due to the popularity of Scott, who used it with phalanx.

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