present arms
noun Etymology: from the command present arms! Date: circa 1884 1. a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held vertically in front of the body 2. a command to assume the position of present arms or to give a hand salute

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  • present arms — noun Etymology: from the imperative phrase present arms : a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held perpendicularly in front of the center of the body present arms is analogous to a salute often used as a command * * * Mil. 1. a …   Useful english dictionary

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  • present arms — if soldiers are ordered to present arms, they hold their weapons upright in front of them in order to show respect for someone important who is going past them …   English dictionary

  • present arms — Mil. 1. a position of salute in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held in both hands vertically in front of the body, with the muzzle upward and the trigger side forward. 2. (for troops in formation not under arms) the hand salute. [1750… …   Universalium

  • present arms — hold a rifle vertically in front of the body as a salute. → the present …   English new terms dictionary

  • present arms ! — hold your weapon high by your shoulder! …   English contemporary dictionary

  • present arms — /prəzɛnt ˈamz/ (say pruhzent ahmz) noun position in which the rifle is held in both hands vertically in front of the body, with the muzzle up and the trigger side of the gun forward …   Australian English dictionary

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