Definition of human chain in English:

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human chain


1A line of people formed for passing things quickly from one site to another.
Example sentences
  • Without a thought for his own safety, Mr Crighton swam out to the children and pulled them from danger while Hannah, his wife Joy and a friend quickly formed a human chain to bring them in to the shore.
  • City security chief Greg Meffert said he was awakened to help form a human chain to quickly unload a state police truck filled with food.
  • A Nato spokesman in Islamabad said that, by organising villagers into human chains - to pass buckets of water to the house - the British forces helped stop the flames spreading to the rest of the hillside.
1.1A line or circle of people linking hands in a protest or demonstration.
Example sentences
  • Student strike leaders vowed to construct a human chain around the police line on Monday, April 17.
  • A photograph of the students standing in a human chain around the national flag, with green branches on either side, even fetched him an award on ‘World Photography Day.’
  • Road safety campaigners formed human chains across a busy road in Radcliffe to drive home the ‘speeding kills’ message.

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Syllabification: hu·man chain

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