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 for Bombard phrase
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bombard \Bom"bard\, n. [F. bombarde, LL. bombarda, fr. L. bombus
     + -ard. Cf. Bumper, and see Bomb.]
     1. (Gun.) A piece of heavy ordnance formerly used for
        throwing stones and other ponderous missiles. It was the
        earliest kind of cannon.
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              They planted in divers places twelve great bombards,
              wherewith they threw huge stones into the air,
              which, falling down into the city, might break down
              the houses.                           --Knolles.
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     2. A bombardment. [Poetic & R.] --J. Barlow.
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     3. A large drinking vessel or can, or a leather bottle, for
        carrying liquor or beer. [Obs.]
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              Yond same black cloud, yond huge one, looks like a
              foul bombard that would shed his liquor. --Shak.
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     4. pl. Padded breeches. [Obs.]
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     Bombard phrase, inflated language; bombast. [Obs.] --B.
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