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firing squad

noun
1.
a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.
2.
a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored.
Origin of firing squad
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • Next came the fourteen members of Battery E who formed the firing squad.

    Battery E in France Frederic R. Kilner
  • There's a firing squad shooting a boy down in Virginia this morning——!

    A Man of the People Thomas Dixon
  • Also listen:––if a lie is told to me, every liar here will go before a firing squad.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "I'd as soon be shot by a guard as a firing squad," Allison said.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • "He'd rather take it that way than the firing squad, I guess," Masters decided.

    The Whispering Spheres Russell Robert Winterbotham
British Dictionary definitions for firing squad

firing squad

noun
1.
a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting
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