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  • n. Plural form of flanker.


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  • There was very little cover, and, to the horror of all, they saw and heard that the enemy had what the military would term flankers out, in shape of a couple of men at each end of their line; and while the main body kept along out in the open, the scouts at the right forced their way through the undergrowth and among the trees at the edge of the forest.

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  • A technique was early developed whereby two men known as flankers tackled from opposite sides.


  • At the angles were small projecting squares, of still stronger material and planting, technically called flankers, with oblique port-holes, so as that the sentinel within could rake the external front of the station, without being exposed to shot from without.

    The First White Man of the West

  • The rear was guarded by about a hundred provincials under Adam Stephen, while parties of flankers ranged on either side.6

    George Washington’s First War

  • He already had flankers out crashing through the understory on either side of his column.

    George Washington’s First War

  • He received a hearty welcome and learned that harassment of the column had been increasing, stragglers and deserters turning up dead and scalped despite the flankers, who had skirmished with a small party of Indians.

    George Washington’s First War

  • The first shots had driven in his flankers and the guides, which completed the confusion.

    George Washington’s First War

  • I first reconnoitered the ground, and then divided the regiment into companies and detachments, with proper supports and reserves, according to the cover and duties to be performed, which were principally to guard the roads against cavalry, the right and left wings against flankers, and to watch the movements of the enemy, and also groups of from one to one hundred, to pick off gunners and protect batteries.

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  • It would be tough on Tom Wood and James Haskell, the starting flankers against Wales and Italy, if they were to be elbowed aside.

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  • They had arranged themselves in classic tactical diamond formation, with a point man and two flankers out a hundred yards in each direction.

    Dead Zero


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