standing army


Definition of standing army

: a permanent army of paid soldiers

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What most people forget is there is not a standing army to turn your airplane around. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s last Falcon 9 upgrade could finally make reusable rockets cost-effective," 9 May 2018 The nation, famously, has no standing army, is seen as a regional peacemaker, an eco-tourism pioneer and a staunch advocate for human rights. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Are evangelical politics reshaping Central America into the new Bible Belt? | Miami Herald," 30 Mar. 2018 At the time of the Homestead strike, Pinkerton’s active and reserve agents outnumbered the standing army of the United States. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "The Pinkertons Still Never Sleep," 23 Mar. 2018 As a republican, Madison believed that a standing army or navy would become tools to facilitate the end of democratic government and its replacement by empire, as had happened in ancient Rome. Noah Feldman, Anchorage Daily News, "James Madison would like a few words on trade wars," 7 Mar. 2018 Experts warn that the crisis is resulting in Turkey — a longtime American ally which boasts NATO's second-largest standing army — turning away from the West and toward Russia and Iran. NBC News, "Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience with U.S.," 18 Jan. 2018 The French Resistance had no standing army of its own, and the de facto leader for the movement, future president Charles de Gaulle, was stationed in London. Erin Vanderhoof, Vanities, "The Saboteur and an Unbelievable Fight Against Nazis," 11 Dec. 2017 Battle on the field: The long-standing Army-Navy football rivalry has prompted two Chick-fil-A operators to make a playful bet on Saturday’s football game. Diane Bell,, "San Diego Sha Na Na musician writes 'Ugly Christmas Sweater' anthem," 8 Dec. 2017 The militia had become the National Guard, but there was a standing Army, Navy and Air Force. Steve Russell, Newsweek, "America and Guns: To Understand That Deadly Obsession, Come to Texas," 7 Dec. 2017

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