order arms

noun
1.
(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.
2.
(as an interjection) the command to move the rifle to this position.

Origin:
1835–45

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order arms
 
interj, —n
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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Order arms from port arms is executed in three counts.
By the right flank by file left-the halt, and order arms, and dismissal for a street parade.
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