from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A raid, foray, or night attack (of Baluchis or Afghans).


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  • "The British can make a chapao* (* Sudden attack.) and be in Lahore while we are scattered!"

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Sherpur, but those were never formidable, although they made themselves troublesome with some perseverance during the daytime, consistently refraining from night attacks, which was remarkable since ordinarily they are much addicted to the _chapao_.

    The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80


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