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breastwork

[brest-wurk] /ˈbrɛstˌwɜrk/
noun, Fortification
1.
a defensive work, usually breast high.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; breast + work
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breastwork

/ˈbrɛstˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
(fortifications) a temporary defensive work, usually breast-high Also called parapet
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Word Origin and History for breastwork
n.

"fieldwork thrown up breast-high for defense," 1640s, from breast (n.) + work (n.) in "fortification" sense. Old English had breostweall in same sense.

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