drumhead court-martial


: a summary court-martial that tries offenses on the battlefield

Examples of drumhead court-martial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And men like Lang Long, a Cambodian who was trafficked and sold into the Thai fishing industry, are modern-day Billy Budds in a system that lacks even the rough justice of a drumhead court-martial. Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2019

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Word History


from the use of a drumhead as a table

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drumhead court-martial was in 1796

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“Drumhead court-martial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumhead%20court-martial. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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