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  • A low temporary defense or parapet.

    ‘Up ahead were gentle country hills, picket fences - and what looked like breastworks and fortifications.’
    • ‘‘Take it slow, guys,’ a sergeant of the Pennsylvanians called out as the troops approached the fortifications and breastworks.’
    • ‘A submachine-gunner delivers more accurate fire using the breastwork to steady his weapon.’
    • ‘The regiment gained the enemy's breastworks and the affair at Boykin's Mills was over.’
    • ‘He ordered soldiers to tear down breastworks and use the logs to feed the fires.’
    • ‘Militiamen dug in their heels behind meager breastworks and awaited the arrival of their adversaries.’
    • ‘The scouts barricaded themselves behind tree trunks and threw up breastworks of fallen trees.’
    • ‘Upon further inspection of the breastworks, I have come to the conclusion that the town was almost impregnable.’
    • ‘They worked to erect small semicircular breastworks from the many rocks that dotted the terrain.’
    • ‘The bombs exploded in the air and sailed into the breastworks, throwing up great clouds of dirt.’
    • ‘The cavalry horses were watered at the spring, and the men settled in their breastworks.’
    • ‘When the fighting died down, the Confederates hastily constructed breastworks to protect their gains.’
    • ‘Behind these natural breastworks, the company fired repeated volleys at the approaching horsemen.’
    • ‘From this cover, they swept the flats in front of their breastworks with withering gunfire.’
    • ‘Everything the actor owned formed a crude breastwork ten yards from the chipped cinder-block front step.’
    • ‘Yet I still felt muddled, as the breastwork became more defined in the clouds of smoke from the firing of muskets.’
    • ‘There was probably a timber breastwork along the top.’
    • ‘Russell sent his family to safety, then made a breastwork from a pile of shingles at his front door.’
    • ‘It threaded through the hills which surrounded the Empire's capital like a huge, natural breastwork.’



/ˈbres(t)ˌwərk/ /ˈbrɛs(t)ˌwərk/