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identification tag

either of two oblong metal tags, issued to armed forces personnel, on which are impressed the serial number, name, etc., of the person to whom it is issued, and carried on or about the person at all times.
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First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He has no identification tag; he releases Peabody; seems not to know the penalties.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • Shelby presented his identification tag and gave the number of his plane to the official in charge.

  • To overcome this hesitancy, the suspected man opened his shirt and produced an American identification tag verifying his answers.

  • Too much emphasis cannot be placed on the importance of the identification tag.

    The Science of Fingerprints Federal Bureau of Investigation

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