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

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As he passed over the drawbridge and down toward the highroad a few minutes later on his way back to Torn, he turned for one last look at the castle and there in an embrasure in the south tower stood a young woman who raised her hand to wave, and then, as though by sudden impulse, threw a kiss after the departing knight, only to disappear from the embrasure with the act.
My son, sir," said the old man, after securing the drawbridge, "rather had it in his mind that you might happen to drop in, and he left word that he would soon be home from his afternoon's walk.
The Aged was so delighted to work the drawbridge, that I made no offer to assist him, but stood quiet until Wemmick had come across, and had presented me to Miss Skiffins: a lady by whom he was accompanied.
On reaching the Manor House, the sergeant had found the drawbridge down, the windows lighted up, and the whole household in a state of wild confusion and alarm.
But surely I have heard that the drawbridge is kept up all night.
And, snatching it up, he again assailed the loosened pinnacle, which was of weight enough, if thrown down, not only to have destroyed the remnant of the drawbridge, which sheltered the two foremost assailants, but also to have sunk the rude float of planks over which they had crossed.
The drawbridge had been lowered by his orders, but the passage was beset; for the archers, who had hitherto only annoyed the castle on that side by their missiles, no sooner saw the flames breaking out, and the bridge lowered, than they thronged to the entrance, as well to prevent the escape of the garrison, as to secure their own share of booty ere the castle should be burnt down.
he pushed across the drawbridge, dispersing the archers who would have intercepted them.
I had as lief have the castle drawbridge drop upon my pate.
To the right of the Tournelles, that truss of enormous towers, black as ink, running into each other and tied, as it were, by a circular moat; that donjon keep, much more pierced with loopholes than with windows; that drawbridge, always raised; that portcullis, always lowered,--is the Bastille.
The work involves the renovation of drawbridges in Haarlem.
Gotbaum's brash style, fierce negotiating, and highly visible tactics (strikes that kept the city's drawbridges open or gathered thousands of workers in the streets) made him a formidable opponent for city officials.
I personally welcome you to "Building Drawbridges for Tomorrow," 76th Anniversary of the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Convention.
The keys gave access to the Tower's drawbridges as well as conference rooms and a restaurant, according to the Historic Royal Palaces, which runs the site.
To do that, you will have to raise or lower drawbridges and, if necessary, shoot arrows at the attackers.