order-arms

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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