chat or chatchasteil) was a movable pent-house used to protect besiegers when approaching a wall or gateway, for the purpose of sapping, mining or direct attack, or to cover a ram or other battering-engine.
By this time the besiegers were sapping under the escarps of the northern forts, and it would have been better to delay.
As the parliament of 1886 was drawing to a close, the dissensions among the Irish members, and the loss of their great leader, were visibly sapping the strength of the Nationalists.
sapping the foundations of the old system.
Many influences had, however, for some time been silently sapping the foundations of the old system.
Ismails exactions from the Egyptian peasantry reacted on the army, causing discontent; and when he was tottering on the throne he instigated military demonstrations against his own government, and, by thus sapping the foundations of discipline, assisted Arabis revolution; the result was the battle of Tell el-Kebir, the British occupation, and the disbandment of the army, which at that time in Egypt proper consisted of 18,000 men.
His smile reassured her, sapping the ire and replacing it with peace.
The demon's pacing was frantic, both distracting her and sapping her strength.
He took no heed of the warnings uttered by those sage counsellors, Cambaceres and Talleyrand, against an invasion of Russia, while "the Spanish ulcer" was sapping the strength of the empire at the other extremity.
Interest payments and overuse will end up sapping this resource before you know it, and you'll be left with a pile of unaccounted-for debt.
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