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present arms

noun, Military
1.
a position of salute in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held in both hands vertically in front of the body, with the muzzle upward and the trigger side forward.
2.
(for troops in formation not under arms) the hand salute.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60
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  • present arms from right shoulder arms, while in formation is executed from the halt only.
  • When completed, present arms and wait for return salute.

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