commanding position

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But when the victorious Romans brought with them the heavy solid fortifications impregnable to the weapons of the time, its commanding position alone ensured its adequate building and equipment.
He stood before the fire, partly because it was a cool spring afternoon, though the sun shone; partly because the shade of Stone Lodge was always haunted by the ghost of damp mortar; partly because he thus took up a commanding position, from which to subdue Mrs.
To what extent she was insensibly influenced by Hardyman's commanding position in believing herself to be sincerely attached to him, it was beyond her power of self-examination to discover.
A brilliant though wilful representative of Tudor chivalry, and distinguished in war, Surrey seems to have occupied at Court almost the same commanding position as Sir Philip Sidney in the following generation.
A common woman finding herself placed in a commanding position might have formed the design to become the second Mrs.
Cluppins, after a careful survey of Master Bardell's buttons and the button-holes to which they severally belonged, placed him on the floor of the court in front of his mother--a commanding position in which he could not fail to awaken the full commiseration and sympathy of both judge and jury.
Even then I only supposed that he had posted himself outside in some more commanding position.
The veteran (breathing very hard over it) steadied himself on both elbows against the slanting top of the bureau, and from that commanding position addressed Magdalen once more.
Two goals in the first quarter by Gurjit Kaur (2') and Deepika (14') put India in a commanding position, while Poonam Rani's field goal in the 47th minute secured the victory for the visitors as Mi Hyun Park (57') scored a consolation goal for South Korea.
Britt Assombalonga, Tommy Rowe and Lee Tomlin put the visitors into a commanding position only for Gary Harkins and David Worrall to pull it back to 3-2 10 minutes into the second half.
The weighting towards the longer form mean England are now in a commanding position heading into tomorrow's opening ODI in Melbourne, but Taylor is not taking her eye off the ball.
Chris Rogers (55), Dawid Malan (61) and Neil Dexter (77 not out) all hit half-centuries as the visitors moved into a commanding position after winning the toss.
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