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firing squad

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noun
  1. a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.
  2. 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
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Examples from the Web for firing squad

Historical Examples

  • At the foot of the Hill of the Bells the firing-squad awaited them.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • The calmest man in all Manila that day was he who must stand before the firing-squad.

  • He was caught and met his deserts before a firing-squad in the Tower.

    The Cup of Fury

    Rupert Hughes

  • Before going out at dawn to face the firing-squad he was calm.

    Now It Can Be Told

    Philip Gibbs

  • He moved with the dignity of a hero who marches towards a wall to meet the bullets of a firing-squad.


British Dictionary definitions for firing squad

firing squad

noun
  1. a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting
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