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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.
2. A fortress or fortified town, on the frontier of a
country, commanding an avenue of approach.
3. pl. A fence or railing to mark the limits of a place, or
to keep back a crowd.
No sooner were the barriers opened, than he paced
into the lists. --Sir W.
4. Any obstruction; anything which hinders approach or
attack. "Constitutional barriers." --Hopkinson.
5. Any limit or boundary; a line of separation.
'Twixt that [instinct] and reason, what a nice
Barrier gate, a heavy gate to close the opening through a
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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