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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
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • He is standing before a firing squad with a cigar clamped between his teeth and not smiling, exactly, but smirking.
  • Corruption is rampant and the central government is only keeping things moving by threat of prison and firing squad.
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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