whether the hedges were lined or no

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Hi friends, this is coming from Colonel Jack by Defoe.
Does this bold mean that "whether the hedges were full of man lined on both sides of the hedge?"
The horse, being attacked, gave way, and retired into the lane; but the Germans were too old for us
there. They contented themselves to push us to the entrance, but would not be drawn into a narrow pass without knowing whether the hedges were lined or no.
  • se16teddy

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    English - England
    Yes, I suppose it means whether the hedges were equipped with (hid) a line (file) of soldiers.

    From the OED
    Line 8. a. trans. To bring (ships, soldiers, etc.) into a line or into line with others; to bring (one's boat) into line with that of (another).
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