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Historical UsePlay
The term has a military origin, usually referring to a secure place for troops. SlideThe ancient fort had walls thick enough to withstand sieges.
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Figurative SensePlay
Sometimes used to imply that someone is defensive or hard to approach emotionally. SlideHe put up a fort around his heart after the breakup.
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Cultural HeritagePlay
Forts can be historic landmarks and tourist attractions today. SlideWe visited the fort, which has been a museum for a century.