firing squad
noun Date: 1864 1. a detachment detailed to fire volleys over the grave of one buried with military honors 2. a detachment detailed to carry out a sentence of death by shooting

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  • firing squad — firing squads N COUNT: also by N A firing squad is a group of soldiers who are ordered to shoot and kill a person who has been found guilty of committing a crime …   English dictionary

  • firing squad — or firing party n. 1. a group of soldiers detailed to shoot someone to death 2. Mil. a group detailed to fire a volley of shots over the grave at a military funeral …   English World dictionary

  • firing squad — n a group of soldiers whose duty is to punish prisoners by shooting and killing them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • firing squad — ► NOUN ▪ a group of soldiers detailed to shoot a condemned person …   English terms dictionary

  • firing squad — noun a squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military execution • Syn: ↑firing party • Topics: ↑military, ↑armed forces, ↑armed services, ↑military machine, ↑war machine …   Useful english dictionary

  • firing squad — noun VERB + FIRING SQUAD ▪ face ▪ He could face a firing squad if found guilty of the charges. ▪ be executed by, be shot by ▪ She was executed by firing squad. PREPOSITION …   Collocations dictionary

  • firing squad — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms firing squad : singular firing squad plural firing squads a group of soldiers who shoot and kill someone as a punishment …   English dictionary

  • firing squad — {n.} A group of soldiers chosen to shoot a prisoner to death or to fire shots over a grave as a tribute. * /A dictator often sends his enemies before a firing squad./ * /The dead general was honored by a firing squad./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • firing squad — {n.} A group of soldiers chosen to shoot a prisoner to death or to fire shots over a grave as a tribute. * /A dictator often sends his enemies before a firing squad./ * /The dead general was honored by a firing squad./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • firing\ squad — noun A group of soldiers chosen to shoot a prisoner to death or to fire shots over a grave as a tribute. A dictator often sends his enemies before a firing squad. The dead general was honored by a firing squad …   Словарь американских идиом

  • firing squad — fir|ing squad [ faırıŋ ,skwad ] noun count a group of soldiers who shoot and kill someone as a punishment …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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