feu de joie
- a salute of musketry fired successively by each man in turn along a line and back
C18: literally: fire of joy
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Examples from the Web for feu de joie
The salute that announces our departure will be a 'feu-de-joie' to both of us.
Our feu-de-joie was speedily explained, and the men flocked into the inn.The Land of the Black Mountain
Thirteen cannon came pealing up from Fort Putnam, which were followed by a feu-de-joie rolling along the lines.The Hudson
I thought it must either be a sort of feu-de-joie, or a funeral, and it turned out to be the latter.Twenty-Five Years in the Rifle Brigade
The crowd, which had been popping off its feu-de-joie of jokes, steadied into silence to watch the old man climb to his seat.Boy Woodburn
Word Origin and History for feu de joie
public bonfire, French, literally "fire of joy."
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