firing squad

noun
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of firing squad

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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First Known Use of firing squad

1864

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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  • : a group of soldiers whose job is to shoot a prisoner who has been sentenced to death


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