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heavy artillery

noun
1.
guns and howitzers of large caliber.
2.
guns and howitzers of 155-mm caliber and larger.
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  • Exposed to heavy artillery fire while crossing pontoon bridge at Resaca.

    Under the Stars and Bars Walter A. Clark
  • At least they would retaliate by raying the city with their heavy artillery.

    Loot of the Void Edwin K. Sloat
  • Without loss of time they brought in heavy artillery and opened a devastating fire on unfortunate Goritz.

  • As for heavy artillery, practically speaking, there was none!

  • In this it was helped by the British heavy artillery, an arm in which the French army was weakest.

    The Wonder of War on Land Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Orders for us were not likely to be with a group of heavy artillery.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • The latter, recruited as heavy artillery, spent two years in garrison duty in the defenses of Washington.

    Vermont Rowland E. Robinson
  • The elephants were employed to transport the heavy artillery in India.

    Masterman Ready Captain Frederick Marryat
Slang definitions & phrases for heavy artillery

heavy artillery

noun phrase

The most impressive and persuasive arguments, evidence, persons, etc, available: The Republicans are rolling out their heaviest artillery for this debate/ Against these big critics' big guns I offered the author some shelter (first form 1809+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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