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firing squad

a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.
a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored.
Origin of firing squad
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Before going out at dawn to face the firing-squad he was calm.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • At the foot of the Hill of the Bells the firing-squad awaited them.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • He was caught and met his deserts before a firing-squad in the Tower.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • He moved with the dignity of a hero who marches towards a wall to meet the bullets of a firing-squad.

  • The calmest man in all Manila that day was he who must stand before the firing-squad.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • You had only to step from the car and leave me to take your place before the firing-squad.

  • Better this than the hand-rubbing grunt of the firing-squad returning to barracks after its labors.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Occasionally you may strike a desperado—a man who does not give a tinkers curse for officers, cells, or a firing-squad.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • At Carver's orders a firing-squad of three men stood in front of the Chinaman, whose back was toward the bay.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • As if the men in front of her had been the firing-squad, each look a bullet, she pitched forward.

    The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for firing-squad

firing squad

a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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