fire trench

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fire trench ‎(plural fire trenches)

  1. (military) A deep trench from which one can fire on the enemy.
    • 1928, Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War, Penguin 2010, p. 79:
      One night in particular the front line was stubbornly pounded with minenwerfers (it was a ‘minnywafer’ sector, and one often turned cold in the firetrench as one heard the approaching swish of these monsters).
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, p. 218:
      Just before they reached the fire-trenches they stood aside to allow a stretcher-party carrying down a man to pass.