line of defence


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Noun1.line of defence - any organization whose responsibility it is to defend against something; "police are the major line of defense against crime"
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
2.line of defence - defensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack
abatis, abattis - a line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy
defensive structure, defence, defense - a structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
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Our first line of defence was about half-way down the side of the slope, our second fifty yards further back, while our third occupied the edge of the plateau.
To and fro swayed the mass of struggling warriors, men falling fast as leaves in an autumn wind; but before long the superior weight of the attacking force began to tell, and our first line of defence was slowly pressed back till it merged into the second.
Soon after this, Raffles, looking far from well, fell back upon his own last line of defence, namely, his bed; and now, as always in the end, I could see some sense in his subtleties, since it was comparatively easy for me to turn even Jacques Saillard from the door, with Dr.