Maginot Line
noun Etymology: André Maginot died 1932 French minister of war Date: 1936 1. a line of defensive fortifications built before World War II to protect the eastern border of France but easily outflanked by German invaders 2. a defensive barrier or strategy that inspires a false sense of security

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  • Maginot Line — Ligne Maginot Part of Maginot Line Eastern France …   Wikipedia

  • Maginot line — prop. n. A line of fortifications built before World War II to protect France s eastern border. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maginot Line — fortifications built along the north and east borders of France before World War II, in which the French placed unreasonable confidence, named for André Maginot (1877 1932), French Minister of War in late 1920s, early 1930s …   Etymology dictionary

  • Maginot line — [mazh′ə nō΄] n. [after A. Maginot (1877 1932), Fr minister of war] a system of heavy fortifications built before WWII on the E frontier of France: it failed to prevent invasion by the Nazi armies …   English World dictionary

  • Maginot line — /mazh euh noh /; Fr. /mann zhee noh / 1. a zone of heavy defensive fortifications erected by France along its eastern border in the years preceding World War II, but outflanked in 1940 when the German army attacked through Belgium. 2. any… …   Universalium

  • Maginot Line —  Line of defensive fortifications across northeastern France, breached by Germany in 1940 …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Maginot Line — n. 1 a line of fortifications along the NE border of France begun in 1929, overrun in 1940. 2 a line of defence on which one relies blindly. Etymology: A. Maginot, Fr. minister of war d. 1932 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Maginot Line — /ˈmæʒɪnoʊ laɪn/ (say mazhinoh luyn) noun a zone of French fortifications erected along the French German border in the years preceding World War II. {named after André Maginot, 1877–1932, French minister of war} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Maginot Line — Ma|gi|not Line, the a line of ↑forts (=very strong buildings for use by an army) built before World War II to defend the eastern border of France against the Germans. It was not effective, because the German army avoided it by going through… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Maginot line — Ma′gi•not line [[t]ˈmæʒ əˌnoʊ[/t]] n. why a zone of fortifications erected by France before World War II, but outflanked by a German invasion in 1940 • Etymology: 1925–30; after AndréMaginot, French minister of war …   From formal English to slang

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