parade-rest

parade rest

noun Military.
1.
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.
2.
a command to assume this position.

Origin:
1860–65

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