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rifle pit

a pit or short trench affording shelter to riflemen in firing at an enemy.
Origin of rifle pit
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Not until he found himself back in the rifle-pit, however, did he even know that he was wounded.

  • Knowing this, they tore on till the rifle-pit was only a hundred yards away.

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • The guard began to rifle-pit among the wagons, and the Indians drew off to breathe their ponies.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
  • I made a comfortable bed, by leaning two rails against the rifle-pit.

    In The Ranks R. E. McBride
  • At a point right at the summit, probably, we were paralyzed to see a blockade or rifle-pit across the road.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • All Virginia, from the Rapidan to Richmond, was a rifle-pit and an earthwork.

  • They found a puncheon laid to cross the ditch, ran over it, and mounted the rifle-pit.

  • In the night we carried a rifle-pit in front of our right attack, and commenced a sap towards the Redan.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • That night the regiment occupied a rifle-pit about half a mile from the river.

    The Seventh Regiment George L. Wood
  • The Rebels are driven from the stone-walls, and the sunken road, and the rifle-pit midway the hill.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.

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