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phalanx

noun [C] [+ sing/pl verb] (group of people)    /ˈfæl.æŋks/ US  /ˈfeɪ.læŋks/ (plural phalanxes or phalanges) formal
a large group of people standing very close to each other, usually for the purposes of defence or attack : Bodyguards formed a solid phalanx around the singer so that photographers couldn't get close .Groups of people
(Definition of phalanx noun (group of people) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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