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parade rest

noun, Military
a position assumed by a soldier or sailor in which the feet are 12 inches (30.48 cm) apart, the hands are clasped behind the back, and the head is held motionless and facing forward.
a command to assume this position.
Origin of parade rest
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When he got back to his feet, the chaplain found that the marines were still standing at parade rest awaiting the ceremony.
  • While returning my rifle to a parade rest it slipped out of my hand.
  • They then took up a position of parade rest at the foot of the bed and stood there.
  • Standing with the platoon at parade rest: more hours.

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