flying wedge


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flying wedge

n.
A compact, wedge-shaped formation, as of police or guards, moving as a body and used especially for penetrating crowds.
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fly′ing wedge′


n.
a V-shaped formation, as of police, organized to penetrate a line of defense.
[1905–10]
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My cosmopolite was sustaining the pride and reputation of the Earth when the waiters closed in on both combatants with their famous flying wedge formation and bore them outside, still resisting.
"We're ready to play!" my daughter remembered to inform her coach as she led her two teammates in a flying wedge toward the ball.
Reed's description of the melee appeared on the front page of The New York Times on March 8,1965: "The troopers rushed forward, their blue uniforms and white helmets blurring into a flying wedge as they moved.
They rushed forward in a flying wedge, I described what happened next in my story for the Times:
At the Universal Studios in Chicago, a set-up called the Ethel Merker Flying Wedge put Ethel in front, with two trombones, three trumpets, four woodwinds, five rhythm, six violins, and seven low strings.
The "flying wedge" shape is enhanced by a lot of visual trickery involving the side windows and roof panels which emphasize the width of the Mini.
Rugby union outlawed the "flying wedge" and the "cavalry charge" as they are potentially dangerous.
They are little more than legalised obstruction and barely removed from the Flying Wedge that was outlawed a century and a quarter ago.
Swiftly rising flanks and sweeping lines combine to give it the very eager look of a flying wedge, although this is somewhat illusional.
Let's hope that a flying wedge of parrot lovers succeeds in winning a second edition of this splendid work, in which one can follow all the author's invaluable studies in image as well as word, appreciating the ways nature's most remarkable avian contributed to the genesis of works of art imitating its many-feathered, eloquent endowments.
SPorts and media have had cozy relationships for many years, but every time new technology rears its head on the media side, the sports side retreats into a tortoise-like shell and screams, "No!" never showing any more imagination than it took to create the designated hitter, widen the free-throw lane and abandon the flying wedge.