present arms

pre·​sent arms | \ pri-ˈzent- How to pronounce present arms (audio) \

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

First Known Use of present arms

circa 1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for present arms

from the command present arms!

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The first known use of present arms was circa 1884

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