1885Lady BellairsTvl at War 93The waggons were laagered, double sentries and look-outs placed. The march was continued with the greatest caution, the waggons being kept closed up, so that they could be quickly laagered on the first appearance of intended attack.
1934B.I. BuchananPioneer Days 112He ordered the wagons to be inspanned, but left where they were, and refused requests to allow them to be laagered.
1949O. WalkerProud Zulu (1951) 176He listened in Maritzburg and D’Urban to the tales of colonials who had fought against the Zulus in the long ago, and their eternal prating about ‘laagering’ the wagons.
1958S. CloeteMask 147Before long the wagons came up and were laagered — wagon tongue to wagon bed in a great defensive circle.
1968R. Keech inNew Coin PoetryVol.4No.4, Dec. 12Too late we laager their forty-five waggons As tourniquet around that disembowelling plain.
4.transitive.rare.To enclose (an encampment) in a laager.
1891R. RussellNatal 229Had the camp been at once laagered in Dutch fashion on the first indication of the enemy’s presence.
1934B.I. BuchananPioneer Days 112He would inevitably incur disaster if the camp were not laagered (that is, barricaded with parked wagons) wherever and whenever it was pitched.
To form (wagons) into a laager, as a defensive fortification.
To encamp (persons, or oneself and one’s companions) in a strong defensive position in a laager. Usually passive.
To camp; to set up camp (within a ring of wagons). Also figurative, and in the phrase laager up.
To enclose (an encampment) in a laager.
Hence laageredparticipial adjective, (of wagons) disposed so as to serve as a laager; (of camps or persons) enclosed in a laager or behind a defensive barrier (also figurative); laageringverbal noun, the action of forming a laager.
1881Contemp. Rev. (U.K.) Feb. 222The laagered waggon their sole protection.
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