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[pur-shing or for 2, -zhing]
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  1. John JosephBlackjack, 1860–1948, U.S. general: commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
  2. Military.
    1. a 46-ton (42 metric tons) U.S. heavy tank of 1944–52, with a five-man crew and a 90mm gun.
    2. a two-stage surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
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Pershing II

  1. a 38-foot (12 meters) U.S. Army surface-to-surface nuclear missile with a single warhead and range of more than 1000 miles (1609 km).
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  1. John Joseph, nickname Black Jack. 1860–1948, US general. He was commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe (1917–19)
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  1. a US ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead
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