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provost guard

[proh-voh] /ˈproʊ voʊ/
a detachment of soldiers assigned to police duties under the provost marshal.
Compare military police.
Origin of provost guard
1770-80, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The provost-guard was at the old place; I was bound to pass them squarely.

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong
  • The provost-guard's now walkin' the cow and him up to Headquarters.

  • They soon reached a little stream, not far from the depot where the provost-guard was stationed.

    Two Little Confederates Thomas Nelson Page
  • Acting with his usual decision, Sheridan placed his captives in care of a provost-guard, and sent them at once to the rear.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • I proposed to our little party that they should remain while I rode back to the army for a detachment of the provost-guard.

    Nurse and Spy in the Union Army S. Emma E. Edmonds
  • He was picked up at the hospital by the provost-guard, and sent to the regiment in its advanced position.

  • A solemn assemblage was that at the Ermita quarters of the provost-guard the following day.

    Ray's Daughter Charles King
  • He was awakened in the morning at Jeffersonville, by the provost-guard shaking him and demanding his pass.

  • The provost-guard had been making one of its periodical cleaning-ups of Nashville, and driving out the obnoxious characters.

  • The provost-guard made some show of fight, but were soon induced to surrender.

British Dictionary definitions for provost-guard

provost guard

(esp in the US) a detachment under command of the provost marshal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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