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flank (up)on (someone or something)

To be positioned next to someone or something. Two guards flanked on each side of the entrance.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

flank (up)on someone or something

to be at the side of someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The Victorian mansion flanked on the tall, modern apartment building. It flanked on a broad expanse of fir trees.
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As the PPG example indicates, the success of a market Flanking tactic hinges on the flankers' ability to create and maintain a separate category.
Even though the oblong shape of the church as a whole, the towers at its front, and the apses flanking the altar all bring to mind traditional models of church architecture, their extreme geometrical abstraction, their minimalism and the absence of any scale-giving detail unhinge their familiar effect.
Playing on the two themes of communication and transparency, it detaches the central core from the two flanking territories and produces corridors tapering in opposite directions on the two sides.
When complete, the Cite Internationale de Lyon will consist of two chains of buildings flanking a central pedestrian route that curves between a prominent bend on the River Rhone and the nineteenth-century Parc de la Tete d'Or.
The extension is the height of the flanking wings of the original building, allowing the portico of the old museum to remain the dominant element of the composition.
Looking at comparable Parisian situations, such as the Rue de Rivoli frontage to the Tuileries gardens, or the spacing of the series of compact blocks flanking the Champs de Mars, he preferred the ways the latter opened up views to the hinterland from the Esplanade as a reference in developing as much permeability as possible at Bercy.
Flanking Lille's 1865-84 central railway terminus, itself close to the historic core of the old town and the Grande Place, was a stretch of largely unbuilt land in military ownership -- the overgrown remains of the old fortifications, of which 70ha could readily be made available.
The new theatre and flanking mediatheque at St Quentin-en-Yvelines, by the Franco-polish architect Stanislas Fiszer, opened to the public late last year.