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liberty pole

Also called liberty tree. American History. a pole or tree, often with a liberty cap or a banner at the top, usually located on a village green or in a market square, used by the Sons of Liberty in many colonial towns as a symbol of protest against British rule and around which anti-British rallies were held.
a tall flagpole, traditionally with a liberty cap at the top, serving as a symbol of liberty.
Origin of liberty pole
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In Burgundy and in the southern towns they planted the liberty tree; that is to say, a pole surmounted by a red cap.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • On the appointed day, a large flag was hung out at liberty tree.

    Tea Leaves Various
  • Finally, still breathing, he was nailed to the liberty tree.

  • The most famous of these trees of patriotism was the liberty tree of Boston.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • The corpse was set down under 'liberty tree' whence the procession began.

  • Perhaps the harshest assault on provincial sentiment had been made in summer, when during August liberty tree was felled.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • Robert made his way to the liberty tree at the hour appointed.

  • The people made great rejoicings, but took care to keep liberty tree well pruned and free from caterpillars and canker-worms.

    Grandfather's Chair Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The liberals, on the other hand, were indignant that they could not use it as a liberty tree and as a barricade.

  • You may well judge that none of us ever entertained the least thoughts of obeying the summons sent us to attend at liberty tree.

    Tea Leaves Various

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