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human chain

noun

a line of people, esp. to provide strength or protection; also, humans seen as interconnected body

Examples

They formed a human chain and pull him out of the mire.

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  • From my eyrie on its blizzard-beaten crest I could see the human chain drag upward link by link, and every link a man.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • As the full force of the current caught this human chain it stretched and sagged ominously.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • The wood-nymphs wreathed a human chain about the marge of the pool.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • He was followed by link after link of the human chain until they were all safe at the edge of the bank.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Merritt was to form the last link in this human chain that was to rescue Rob Blake, if such a thing was possible.

  • Not a link in that human chain parted, though the ice cracked ominously beneath it!

    A Scout of To-day Isabel Hornibrook
  • A dozen great waves had rolled over him on that smooth raised deck, but the members of the human chain hauled him back to safety.

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