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1. One that flanks, especially a soldier so positioned as to protect the flank of a column of troops on the march.
2. Business An extension product, such as a diet version of a soft drink or a liquid version of a detergent, added to a line to support the sales of the main product.
3. Football A flankerback.
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1. (Military) one of a detachment of soldiers detailed to guard the flanks, esp of a formation
2. (Fortifications) a projecting fortification, used esp to protect or threaten a flank
3. (Rugby) rugby a wing forward
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(ˈflæŋ kər)

1. a person or thing that flanks.
2. Football.
a. Also called flank′er back`. an offensive back who lines up outside of an end.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flanker - a back stationed wide of the scrimmage line; used as a pass receiver
back - (football) a person who plays in the backfield
2.flanker - a soldier who is a member of a detachment assigned to guard the flanks of a military formation
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
detachment - a small unit of troops of special composition
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
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References in classic literature ?
Whitefleld used to do after he had made a wearisome day’s march, get on our knees and pray, like Moses of old, with a flanker to the right and left to lift his hands to heaven,” returned her husband, who composedly performed what she had directed to be done.
We made a most imposing and awe-inspiring spectacle as we strung out across the yellow landscape; the two hundred and fifty ornate and brightly colored chariots, preceded by an advance guard of some two hundred mounted warriors and chieftains riding five abreast and one hundred yards apart, and followed by a like number in the same formation, with a score or more of flankers on either side; the fifty extra mastodons, or heavy draught animals, known as zitidars, and the five or six hundred extra thoats of the warriors running loose within the hollow square formed by the surrounding warriors.
If they hadn't halted, I had no fear of being discovered, for I had seen that the Galus marched without point, flankers or rear guard; and when I reached the pass and saw a narrow, one-man trail leading upward at a stiff angle, I wished that I were chief of the Galus for a few weeks.
Dan Leavy replaces Sean O'Brien at flanker, after the Leinster star broke his arm against the Pumas.
Sarah Hutchison, Ph.D., from British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, and colleagues followed 51 children and their mothers from the second trimester to age 12 years to examine the correlations between pSRI and EF (assessed with the Flanker/Reverse Flanker task).
Early pressure belonged to the Drovers and after a series of attacks Llanelli flanker Ellis Thomas was sin binned for an offside on his own line.
CURRY CAN MAKE IT HOT FOR PUMAS EDDIE JONES has spiced up his line-up by making Sale flanker Tom Curry the youngest England debutant since Jonny Wilkinson.
NEWCASTLE Falcons' flanker Mark Wilson has been named on England's bench for Sunday's non-cap Old Mutual Wealth Cup match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
Unlike the Simon task that involves stimulus spatial location, the flanker task (Eriksen & Eriksen, 1974) is an optimal experimental paradigm in cognitive psychology.
SOUTH Africa-born flanker CJ Stander will make his Test debut tomorrow against Wales, with Sean O'Brien and Rob Kearney taking Ireland's injury toll to nine frontline stars.
SOUTH Africa-born flanker CJ Stander will make his Test debut for Ireland in tomorrow's Six Nations opener against Wales, with Sean O'Brien and Rob Kearney taking Ireland's injury toll to nine front-line stars.
MARK BENNETT POSITION: POSITION: Centre Centre CLUB: CLUB: Glasgow Warriors Glasgow Warriors HEIG HEIGHT: T: 6ft 6ft WEIG WEIGHT: T: 89kg 89kg CAP CAP CAPS: 2 ALEX DUNBAR POSITION: POSITION: Centre Centre CLUB: CLUB: Glasgow Warriors Glasgow Warriors HEIG HEIGHT: T: 6ft, 1in 6ft, 1in WEIG WEIGHT: T: 104kg 104kg CAP CAP CAPS: 1 11 JOHNNIE BEATTIE POSITION: POSITION: Flanker Flanker CLUB: CLUB: Castres Castres HEIG HEIGHT: T: 6ft 4in 6ft 4in WEIG WEIGHT: T: 106kg 106kg CAP CAP CAPS: 34 34 BLAIR COWAN POSITION: POSITION: Loose forward Loose forward CLUB: CLUB: London Irish London Irish