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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1

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