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The extreme left or right of a military formation. The following is an extract:

Flank attack (Mil.), an attack upon the side of an army or body of troops, distinguished from one upon its front or rear.

Flank company (Mil.), a certain number of troops drawn up on the right or left of a battalion; usually grenadiers, light infantry, or riflemen.

Flank defense (Fort.), protection of a work against undue exposure to an enemy's direct fire, by means of the fire from other works, sweeping the ground in its front.

Flank en potence (Mil.), any part of the right or left wing formed at a projecting angle with the line.

Flank files, the first men on the right, and the last on the left, of a company, battalion, etc.

Flank march, a march made parallel or obliquely to an enemy's position, in order to turn it or to attack him on the flank.

Flank movement, a change of march by an army, or portion of one, in order to turn one or both wings of the enemy, or to take up a new position.

Flanks of a frontier, salient points in a national boundary, strengthened to protect the frontier against hostile incursion.

Flank patrol, detachments acting independently of the column of an army, but patrolling along its flanks, to secure it against surprise and to observe the movements of the enemy.
An out-flanking manoeuvre.
by Kung-Fu Jesus May 03, 2004
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1. acronym for Laugh Out Loud + sob -- an expression for something that makes you lol and cry at the same time.

2. acronym for Laugh Out Loud, Son of a Bitch. An expression of bitter anger over something funny.
That fatal clown car accident made me lolsob-- clown cars are funny but my best friend was driving.
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The section of flesh on the body of a person or an animal between the last rib and the hip; the side.
FLank Steak A cut of meat from the flank of an animal.
by Anonymous July 28, 2003
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To have a floppy wank.
I took a lot of mandy last night so I had a flank in the morning.

That guy I work with is a proper flanker.

This is some weak porn, I've been flanking for hours.
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Carl loved to go down on his girlfriend and suck on her wet, juicy Flanks.
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A sexual gropage of the calf.
Ian walked up behind Jacob and flanked him suddenly. Jacob felt violated later on and showered for three hours straight.
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The fat that dangles off of your sides, or the fat in general. This may also be called Love Handles, or side fat.
Jessica Tucker has maddd flanks!

Look at that chick, she's showin off her flanks.

Dear God. LOOK AT THOSE FLANKSS

I saw her yesterday at the pool, her flanks were all over the place.
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