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firing squad

a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.
a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored.
Origin of firing squad
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I am not a barbarian to leave you to a firing squad, I hope.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • There's a firing squad shooting a boy down in Virginia this morning——!

    A Man of the People Thomas Dixon
  • "I'd as soon be shot by a guard as a firing squad," Allison said.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • "The firing squad," Arno answered as he slipped one on his head.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Do you know what they do when they execute a man by firing squad?

    The Last Gentleman Rory Magill
British Dictionary definitions for firing squad

firing squad

a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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