order arms

noun

Definition of order arms 

1 : a command to return the rifle to order arms from present arms or to drop the hand from a hand salute

2 : a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held vertically beside the right leg with the butt resting on the ground

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Other prescriptions are filled by the retailers’ mail-order arms or other mail-order pharmacies. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "The Real Reason CVS Wants to Buy Aetna? Amazon," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of order arms

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for order arms

from the command order arms!

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