left shoulder arms

noun

: a position in the manual of arms in which the butt of the rifle is held in the left hand with the barrel resting on the left shoulder
also : a command to assume this position

Word History

Etymology

from the command left shoulder arms!

First Known Use

circa 1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of left shoulder arms was circa 1918

Dictionary Entries Near left shoulder arms

Cite this Entry

“Left shoulder arms.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20shoulder%20arms. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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