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loose order

(military) a formation in which soldiers, units, etc, are widely separated from each other
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  • There mountain-ashes flowered in loose order on the green slope.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • Barely a mile were they from the hill, he said, and coming on quickly in loose order.

    A Thane of Wessex

    Charles W. Whistler
  • There were men everywhere, hundreds of them, advancing in loose order.

    The Belgians to the Front

    Colonel James Fiske
  • At a word from the sergeant-major the squad fell out and stood in loose order, plainly awaiting instructions.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • About fifty men marched ahead in loose order to guard against surprise, while as many more followed behind.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • Clambering over the barrier of ruins, a half company of musketeers followed in loose order, expectant of more plunder.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • The column of soldiers, in the loose order adapted to its rapid march, was nearly two miles in length.

  • We shall proceed in loose order, all on the same level, with no officers except the Scout Master.

    The Boy Patrol on Guard Edward S. Ellis
  • A stronger body was stationed in loose order some four or five hundred yards further back.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • The French went up the steep to the Mamelon in loose order, and in most beautiful style.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell

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