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Granite Redoubt

(The). The grenadiers of the Consular Guard were so called at the battle of Marengo in 1800, because when the French had given way they formed into a square, stood like flints against the Austrians, and stopped all further advance.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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