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 for To fight at barriers
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Barrier \Bar"ri*er\, n. [OE. barrere, barere, F. barri[`e]re,
     fr. barre bar. See Bar, n.]
     1. (Fort.) A carpentry obstruction, stockade, or other
        obstacle made in a passage in order to stop an enemy.
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     2. A fortress or fortified town, on the frontier of a
        country, commanding an avenue of approach.
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     3. pl. A fence or railing to mark the limits of a place, or
        to keep back a crowd.
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              No sooner were the barriers opened, than he paced
              into the lists.                       --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     4. Any obstruction; anything which hinders approach or
        attack. "Constitutional barriers." --Hopkinson.
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     5. Any limit or boundary; a line of separation.
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              'Twixt that [instinct] and reason, what a nice
              barrier!                              --Pope.
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     Barrier gate, a heavy gate to close the opening through a
        barrier.
  
     Barrier reef, a form of coral reef which runs in the
        general direction of the shore, and incloses a lagoon
        channel more or less extensive.
  
     To fight at barriers, to fight with a barrier between, as a
        martial exercise. [Obs.]
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