flying wedge


: a moving formation (as of guards or police) resembling a wedge

Examples of flying wedge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the British abolitionist George Thompson spoke in Boston in 1835, an angry mob awaited him at the building’s exit—and was deflected only when Child and other women formed a flying wedge around the orator. James Marcus, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2022 Their troops include Andrew Yang, Gretchen Whitmer, and a sodden Hunter Biden, cigarette hanging from his mouth, who show up in a flying wedge that overtakes the outnumbered Trump. Armond White, National Review, 11 Nov. 2020 The setup pushed the tone forward — brass and woodwinds became a flying wedge, breaking through the line of the proscenium — a brawny, punchy sound that was exploited to the hilt in a brisk, brash reading of Dvorák’s op. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2020 Early in the 20th century, formations such as the flying wedge resulted in injuries and on-field deaths. Theodore Kupfer, National Review, 14 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flying wedge was in 1909

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“Flying wedge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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