present arms

noun pre·sent arms \pri-ˈzent-\

Definition of present arms

  1. 1 :  a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held vertically in front of the body

  2. 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 1884

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a trip made at another's expense

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