Definition of present arms
1 : a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held vertically in front of the body
2 : a command to assume the position of present arms or to give a hand salute
Origin and Etymology of present arms
from the command present arms!
First Known Use: circa 1884See Words from the same year
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