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sally port

noun, (in a fort or the like)
a gateway permitting the passage of a large number of troops at a time.
a postern.
Origin of sally port
1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mark and Texas were seated on the steps of barracks when the Parson came through the sally port.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
  • It was a species of freemasonry known only to the initiated at the sally port.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • Consequently they could not be taken by assault without scaling ladders, or otherwise, usual in sieges, unless by the sally port.

  • Was it he who revealed to you the existence of the sally port by which we are to enter?

    The Freebooters Gustave Aimard
  • A marker on the left flank near the sally port honors the Confederate defenders of Fort Sumter.

  • I packed up my clothes, paid my bill, and the porter wheeled my chest down to the sally port, where the boat was waiting.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • At the same moment the two crept quickly across the area and vanished in the darkness of the sally port.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
  • So elated were the English, one soldier dashed from a sally port and scalped a dying Indian in full view of both sides.

  • Five Columbiads were mounted in the parade as mortars and three howitzers about the sally port in the gorge.

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