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human shield

noun [C] uk   us  
a person or group of people kept in a particular place in order to stop an enemy from attacking that place: Military bases were protected by captured enemy soldiers who were housed there as a human shield.
Translations of “human shield”
in Chinese (Traditional) 人體盾牌,人肉盾牌…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人体盾牌,人肉盾牌…
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