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parade rest

noun, Military.
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.
a command to assume this position.
Origin of parade rest
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The police stood motionless, at parade rest; the mob surged closer.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
  • They came to parade rest, each man with a rifle at his side.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • They pushes unsteady through Eggy's illustrious ancestor bunch and comes to parade rest in the center of the stage.

  • But he says in reminder, “The next command for you will be parade rest.”

    At Plattsburg Allen French
  • It was his wish that we should stand at parade rest in the aisle between the cots.

    Drum Taps in Dixie Delavan S. Miller
  • An then agen when your standin in line an somebody says "parade rest."

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • When at the order, sabers are brought to the carry when arms are brought to any position except the present or parade rest.

  • The fust manoover I shel teach you, genl'men, is the manoover of 'parade rest.'

  • The boys were as rigid as statues when the order, "Parade—rest," was given.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • Well, as he marches in over the rug and comes to a parade rest by the desk, he's about as limber as a length of gas pipe.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford

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