breast-work

breastwork

[brest-wurk]
noun Fortification.
a defensive work, usually breast high.

Origin:
1635–45; breast + work

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breastwork (ˈbrɛstˌwɜːk)
 
n
fortifications Also called: parapet a temporary defensive work, usually breast-high

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breastwork
"fieldwork thrown up breast-high for defense," 1640s, from breast + work (n.) in "fortification" sense
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