False works

(Civil Engin.) construction works to facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding, bridge centering, etc.

See also: False

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
But though this false work was prosecuted with vigor for several days, there was a feeling of despair among the Bumper party over the loss of the map.