a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.
a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored.
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How to use firing squad in a sentence
It is not clear how long the department will take to assemble a firing squad now, and authorities have not provided a timeline.
“We will notify the court when a firing squad becomes an option for executions,” the department said in a statement.
While the law, passed in May, also provided for death by firing squad, the state Department of Corrections acknowledged that it would not be logistically possible to use one in time for Sigmon’s planned June 18 execution.
You might as well have banned a firing squad, especially for the shy Matsuyama.Hideki Matsuyama’s draining, pressure-packed win makes this Masters memorable | Thomas M. Boswell | April 12, 2021 | Washington Post
If Democrats stick together and don’t have their usual circular firing squad they can take advantage of what is happening at CPAC to win more Senate and House seats in the mid-term elections.
“Social media is going to solve this crime,” he says, before facing a firing squad of death stares from his colleagues.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing | Kevin Fallon | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And Charles has had to face a firing squad of questions demanding to know why he left, how he could do this to us.Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’ | Kevin Fallon | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even more damnably, Mother Courage has the chance to save her son Swiss Cheese from the firing squad by paying a ransom.
But just as suddenly as it appeared, the firing squad cars were gone.Street Battle Against Cops Again in Ferguson Despite Midnight Curfew | Justin Glawe | August 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The doctor checked again as the firing squad began to reload.
Many of the firing squad were nervous and their aim was bad; others had shot high on purpose—they had no heart in the work.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Suppose they took her for a spy, and that tomorrow's sun found her facing a firing squad?The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
At Carver's orders a firing-squad of three men stood in front of the Chinaman, whose back was toward the bay.The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
I'll do my best—I'll speak a good word at your trial, try to save you from the firing squad, but I'm only a captain.The Whispering Spheres | Russell Robert Winterbotham
One pictured a gallows tree; and, turning from that image, one pictured a firing squad at sunrise.Fibble, D. D. | Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for firing squad
a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting
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