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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: parapetto, from parare 'to protect' + petto 'chest'

parapet

noun
     
Related topics: Military, Buildings
par‧a‧pet [countable]
1TBB a low wall at the edge of a high roof, bridge etc
2PM a protective wall of earth or stone built in front of a trench in a war
3

put/stick your head above the parapet

British English to take a risk

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