francs-tireurs

franc-tireur

[frahn-tee-rœr]
noun, plural francs-tireurs [frahn-tee-rœr] . French.
a sharpshooter in the French army.

Origin:
1800–10

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franc-tireur (frɑ̃tirœr)
 
n
1.  a sniper
2.  a guerrilla or irregular soldier
 
[C19: from franc free + tireur shooter, from tirer to shoot, of unknown origin]

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