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d rawbrij

  • n  a bridge that can be raised to block passage or to allow boats or ships to pass beneath it

  • In Leopards and Lilies, talented Author Duggan (The Little Emperors) is caught with his drawbridge down: the story is not as fleet as Angevin England's fast-moving Leopard .
  • A lot of Republicans are raising the drawbridge--and not only against foreigners.
  • Hiking the trail usually leads to detours off it, like to Somerset, a village accessible only by the smallest working drawbridge in the world.
News & Articles

  • Drawbridge Problem In Norwalk Delays Trains In Fairfield County
    Update 5:35 p.m.  FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Metro-North crews had two tracks back online and were manually flagging trains over a drawbridge in South Norwalk after mechanical difficulties began causing delays Friday afternoon, spokeswoman Marjorie Anders ...
    June 14, 2013 - The Daily Norwalk
  • Rail bridge malfunction delays commuters
    Rail bridge malfunction delays commuters [...] all of a sudden her train stopped, the conductor announced a delay due to a malfunctioning drawbridge and "everybody got a little restless," she said. A 117-year-old Walk rail bridge carrying the busy New Haven Line over the Norwalk River had gotten stuck in the open position at about 3:40 p.m., leaving at least eight Metro-North trains idling on ...
    June 14, 2013 - Connecticut Post
  • Lagoon Pond drawbridge construction to start this fall
    Construction of the permanent Lagoon Pond drawbridge will begin after Labor Day, on schedule for completion in June 2016, MassDOT bridge project manager Steve McLaughlin told a meeting of the Lagoon Pond drawbridge committee Wednesday.
    June 12, 2013 - The Martha's Vineyard Times

  • Gordon Brown in guardian.co.uk
    I know that the temptation for some is to meet this new insecurity with retreat, to try to feel safe by attempting to pull up the drawbridge or turn the clock back,Brown told MEPs. "But I tell you if there's anything we know from history...
  • Andrew Keen in San Jose Mercury News
    The point of an encyclopedia is to create an intellectual hierarchy - to educate kids about what is important, or not,Keen said. "If you completely lower the drawbridge and knock the walls down, then the place is trashed up."
  • Colin Powell in San Francisco Chronicle
    We have to be careful we don't communicate the wrong message to the world - that America has pulled up its drawbridge,Powell said he told the president.

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