breast·​work | \ ˈbrest-ˌwərk How to pronounce breastwork (audio) \

Definition of breastwork

: a temporary fortification

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Recent Examples on the Web The blunt yet rounded breastworks lead the way to a decent Cd of 0.34. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 Aston Martin Virage Modernizes the the British Brand," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of breastwork

1642, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breastwork was in 1642

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6 Jun 2020

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“Breastwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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breast·​work | \ ˈbrest-ˌwərk How to pronounce breastwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of breastwork

: a wall thrown together to serve as a defense in battle

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