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close-order drill

[klohs-awr-der] /ˈkloʊsˌɔr dər/
noun, Military
1.
practice in formation marching and other movements, in the carrying of arms during formal marching, and in the formal handling of arms for ceremonies and guard.
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  • Every spare minute during the afternoon and evening he concentrated on close-order drill.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • We used it for reveille in the morning, for retreat in the evening, for close-order drill and all ceremonies.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt

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