firing squad

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  1. a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.

  2. a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored.

Origin of firing squad

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for firing squad

firing squad

  1. a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting

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