from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A party of soldiers told off for mechanical or manual work, as in the repair of fortifications, or the building of a causeway or a bridge.


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  • Blenkiron and I lay like a working-party between the lines caught by machine-guns, taking a pull on ourselves as best we could.


  • I ran through the arch into the garden, across which Australians were picketed in lines, and asked them for a working-party.

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  • He had even thought of recruiting that young man into his working-party of able-bodied and devoutly inclined helpers, to make sure that he spent the day away from anywhere Godith might be.

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  • If that was no use then I could stick it out till a chance came and I had a hacksaw blade and if the chance didn't come I could try to make a break from a working-party and if I couldn't make a break I could use a dinner-knife on the wrists and cut the rest of the sentence away.

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  • This was unpardonable, but the Turks noticed nothing out of the ordinary, and unerringly bombed the working-party in the wadi, quite content at finding so obvious a target.

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  • General John E. Smith's division covered the working-party engaged in rebuilding the railroad.

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  • This novel form of working-party at first delighted the men, who set about the crops in goodly earnest.

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  • Major Tupper, with three hundred men, attacked the working-party, killed ten or twelve men, and took the rest prisoners.

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  • Thomas Philbrook, who was a prisoner on board the Jersey for several months was one of the "working-party," whose duty it was to scrub the decks, attend to the sick, and bring up the dead.

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  • Possibly the authorities, who sometimes see more than they appear to, had this in mind when later they changed the word to "working-party."

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