human shield

Definition of human shield

:a person whose body is used as a protection from harm by someone else
  • The thief tried to use a hostage as a human shield hoping the police would not shoot.

Word by Word Definitions

human play
  1. : of, relating to, or characteristic of humans (see 2human)

  2. : consisting of humans

  3. : having human form or attributes

  1. : a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) : a person : man

shield play
  1. : a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm

  2. : one that protects or defends : defense

  3. : dress shield

  1. : to protect with or as if with a shield : provide with a protective cover or shelter

  2. : to cut off from observation : hide

  3. : forbid


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