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parade rest

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noun Military.
  1. a position assumed by a soldier or sailor in which the feet are 12 inches (30.48 cm) apart, the hands are clasped behind the back, and the head is held motionless and facing forward.
  2. a command to assume this position.

Origin of parade rest

First recorded in 1860–65
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  • For example, was he standing at any time in a parade-rest position?

    Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy