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present arms

Definition of present arms in English:

(Usually as a command) hold a rifle vertically in front of the body as a salute.
Example sentences
  • When the casket is removed from the hearse, the squad presents arms and then performs the military ritual.
  • The Victoria and Albert cast off from Port Victoria Pier at 20 minutes after 3 and steamed down to Sheerness Harbour, the crews of the vessels in the river manning ship and the guards presenting arms as her Majesty passed.
  • The World War I story of ‘preachers presenting arms’ has been told before, but Gamble tells it well.
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