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as in:  a phalanx of riot police

Alexander the Great built his empire with the strength of the Greek phalanx.
  a group standing and moving together — especially an ancient Greek military formation
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  • Alexander the Great built his empire with the strength of the Greek phalanx.
  • Tyson tried to protest, but I was already running up the hill toward Clarisse, who was yelling at her patrol, trying to get them into phalanx formation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • The Ares cabin was on the front line, drilling in phalanx formation with Clarisse calling orders.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • An entire phalanx of dracaenae marched in the lead, their shields locked together, spear tips bristling over the top.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian

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  • The phalanx following carried spears or lances tasseled with ribbons, the long blades hammered out of trucksprings in some crude forge upcountry.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Bull Number One crashed into her shield, and the phalanx broke.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
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