Last modified on 25 May 2014, at 17:08

sangar

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Pashto [script?] (sangar). Compare Persian سنگر (sangar).

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NounEdit

sangar (plural sangars)

  1. (military, UK) A stone breastwork; a fortified niche or look-out post.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 422:
      At the summits of these the enemy sharpshooters waited for them in sangars, or rock-built entrenchments, each of which had to be taken before the advance could safely continue.
    • 2002, Stephen Hughes, The Iraqi Threat and Saddam Hussein′s Weapons of Mass Destruction, page 140,
      A sangar is a breastwork in the form of stonewalls built without bounding material. If stones are unavailable at or near the picket site sandbags are brought in to build the sangar.
    • 2003, Mike Ryan, Secret Operations of the SAS, page 81,
      As the sun finally set, the rebels rushed the sangars, but were cut to pieces by the deadly accurate SAS fire.
    • 2007, David Humphry, Siege, page 205,
      The game′s up, thought Piet as the Burghers returned fire and moved forward to attack the sangar.