drumhead court-martial


Definition of drumhead court-martial

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

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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, "How lawlessness and ignorance are harming our oceans," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of drumhead court-martial

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drumhead court-martial

from the use of a drumhead as a table

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