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Hindenburg line

noun
1.
a line of elaborate fortifications established by the German army in World War I, near the French-Belgian border, from Lille SE to Metz.
Origin of Hindenburg line
1915-1920
1915-20; named after P. von Hindenburg
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  • The most characteristic of Prussian institutions is the Hindenburg line.

    Winning a Cause John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
  • Part of the Hindenburg line had been taken, and part was still in the hands of the enemy.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • The taking of Laffaux Mill, a point of vital importance to the enemy, meant the gain of a valuable portion of the Hindenburg line.

  • The Hindenburg line, which faced us, was notoriously strong.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • The Germans say that "there is no Hindenburg line," and in one respect at least they are correct.

  • It was the section between Peronne and the old Hindenburg line.

    A Jewish Chaplain in France Lee J. Levinger
  • To thank God for that masterpiece of bold cunning, the Hindenburg line?

  • By dint of straining, we discovered a little animal—or so it looked—crawling forward on the far side of the Hindenburg line.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • A second Hindenburg line has been set up, and seems harder to pierce than the first.

    The Next of Kin Nellie L. McClung
  • We decided to send a message, giving roughly the news that the Hindenburg line and N—— had been taken.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
British Dictionary definitions for Hindenburg line

Hindenburg line

/ˈhɪndənˌbɜːɡ/
noun
1.
a line of strong fortifications built by the German army near the Franco-Belgian border in 1916–17: breached by the Allies in August 1918
Word Origin
C20: named after Paul von Hindenburg
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