(formerly) a force of troops equipped and organized to move swiftly and independently of a principal unit to which it is attached.
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How to use flying column in a sentence
There is something in the very words "flying column" to appease the impatient; wings in the air, a swoop upon the victim.
So your flying column must start with fat horses, and use up their reserve of flesh, arriving at the end with skeletons.
The effect has really been produced already, and prisoners in a flying column are a particular nuisance.
It goes to-morrow back to Pynaar's River, and then joins a flying column of some sort.In the Ranks of the C.I.V. | Erskine Childers
This morning he has gone again to what is left of Dixmude with a flying column.