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picket line

noun
1.
a line of strikers or other demonstrators serving as pickets.
Origin of picket line
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • “I never liked pipe-smoking on the picket-line,” said Merton.

    A Diplomatic Adventure S. Weir Mitchell
  • Wallace stationed his picket-line close to the enemy's works.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth Manning Ferguson Force
  • I could see a part of the picket-line--that is, not the men, but the rifle-pits.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • One day the guard brought in a suspicious character from the picket-line.

    Whip and Spur George E. Waring
  • Parke strengthened his picket-line, and brought up his reserve artillery, to be ready in case of emergency.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • I must get through the picket-line; outside I could do nothing.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • Next day, Friday, the 4th, a cavalry dash on Buckland's picket-line swooped off a lieutenant and seven men.

    From Fort Henry to Corinth Manning Ferguson Force
  • Now, once out of sight of the picket-line, I should feel safe.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • Here, I was convinced, was the Confederate picket-line, if there was a line.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • They broke over the enemy's picket-line with ease; but now in their front frowned heavy earthworks and forts.

British Dictionary definitions for picket-line

picket line

noun
1.
a line of people acting as pickets
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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