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order arms

(in the manual of arms in close-order drill) a position in which the rifle is held at the right side, with its butt on the ground.
(as an interjection) the command to move the rifle to this position.
Origin of order arms
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for order arms

order arms

interjection, noun
(military) the order in drill to hold the rifle close to the right side with the butt resting on the ground
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