breastwork

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breast +‎ work

Noun[edit]

breastwork (plural breastworks)

  1. a fortification consisting of a breast-high bulwark; a parapet
    • 1983, Richard J. Hargrove, General John Burgoyne (page 26)
      A cannonproof breastwork, built during the previous war, extended along the beach from the hills to the rocks.
  2. (nautical) A railing on the quarter-deck and forecastle.
  3. a parapet
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 2
      A swarthy boy opened a book and propped it nimbly under the breastwork of his satchel. He recited jerks of verse with odd glances at the text:

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