Rooks hold the line

from Sunspot Jonz (Ft. Rakaa Iriscience & Zumbi) – 64 Squares in the Cypher Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In chess, the rook piece can move as many spaces as the player wants, but only in a straight line. Additionally, “hold the line” is an idiom which means to keep an existing position safe. It comes from military terminology, connoting a line of soldiers that was supposed to stop an enemy’s advance. Thus, the rook is considered a very good defensive piece

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