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port arms

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  1. a position in military drill in which one's rifle is held diagonally in front of the body, with the muzzle pointing upward to the left.

Origin of port arms

First recorded in 1795–1805
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  • A while Case stood with the Winchester at the port-arms; then he gave a little laugh to himself, and stepped round the ferns.

    Island Nights' Entertainments

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • A while Case stood with the Winchester at the port-arms; then he gave a little laugh to himself and stepped round the ferns.