human shield

noun

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.

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“Human shield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20shield. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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