human shield

Definition of human shield

  1. :  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

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

    :  consisting of humans

    :  having human form or attributes

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

    :  hominid

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

    :  one that protects or defends :  defense

    :  dress shield

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

    :  to cut off from observation :  hide

    :  forbid

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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