civilian garb

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Related to civilian garb: civvies, civilian dress
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Noun1.civilian garb - ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.civilian garb - ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
civies, civvies - civilian garb as opposed to a military uniform
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, wearable, vesture, wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
mufti - civilian dress worn by a person who is entitled to wear a military uniform
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What about the "natural senators," who happened to be ex-soldiers, who crowded Parliament in civilian garb following the 1960 putsch and the head of state in military uniform following the 1980 coup?
The latest example of egregious violence, which has been uploaded to YouTube, shows fighters inflicting extreme violence against unarmed individuals dressed in civilian garb.
Sri Lanka also said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters - a group classified as a terrorist organisation by more than 30 countries - often dressed in civilian garb, making it unclear who was a combatant.
Given the propensity for flagrant malefaction exhibited daily by what Egyptians have come to know as "the thugs," both uniformed and in civilian garb, one cannot help but marvel at the fact that so many of those who committed crimes in service of Hosni Mubarak remain in their positions of privilege and power, permitted to greet each new day with new offences against their fellow citizens.
In the attack on the Cole in October 2000, two suicide bombers in civilian garb waved at the crew and then drove their boat full of explosives into the side of the warship as it refueled in the Port of Aden.
Lee donned civilian garb, reminded the Texans he was a Virginian, and was ultimately allowed to proceed (though he was apparently quite provoked by the Texans, who tried unsuccessfully to get him to declare allegiance to the South then and there).
The late Boudiaf, the legitimate son of the Algerian revolution, was the only one to have returned to Algeria in civilian garb bestowing on the country a desperately needed historic legitimacy.
There can be little doubt that the American and Israeli-trained Georgian troops fired on and killed civilians in this attack and the way they abandoned their vehicles and donned civilian garb and tried to disappear back into the population when routed in the Russian counterattack, is similar to the behaviour of SS units in 1945 who knew they were guilty of war crimes.

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