franc-tireur


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franc-tireur

(frɑ̃tirœr)
n
1. (Military) a sniper
2. (Military) a guerrilla or irregular soldier
[C19: from franc free + tireur shooter, from tirer to shoot, of unknown origin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.franc-tireur - a sharpshooter (in the French army)
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
crack shot, marksman, sharpshooter - someone skilled in shooting
References in periodicals archive ?
Un membre des troupes gouvernementales a lui ete blesse par un tir de franc-tireur.
Barack Obama devait annoncer hier lundi la nomination de l'ancien senateur republicain Chuck Hagel a la tete du Pentagone au grand dam de plusieurs elus de l'opposition, augurant de vifs debats pour la confirmation de ce franc-tireur par le Senat.
Plusieurs poids-lourds de son propre parti organisent depuis des semaines un tir de barrage contre cet homme a la reputation de franc-tireur qu'ils accusent de ne pas faire preuve d'un soutien indefectible a IsraE1/2l ou encore de s'opposer aux sanctions contre Teheran.
However, for the Prussian and Bavarian armies fighting against the French irregulars, franc-tireur became a term of disapproval or downright condemnation.
Mythic elements, such as the faceless franc-tireur or signalling from church towers, fuelled the fantasy.
Faced with the need to respond to Allied atrocity accusations, the army and Foreign Ministry tried to prove the thesis of the franc-tireur war in order to justify German actions.
Il apparait comme un franc-tireur qui ne s'integre pas aux efforts des autres, pas plus au Cameroun qu'au Quebec, il met sur pied une entreprise privee en marge des oeuvres de l'Eglise et refuse de se plier aux exigences d'une saine gestion, meme quand la situation est catastrophique.
Il apparait comme un franc-tireur qui ne s'integre pas aux efforts des autres, pas plus au Cameroun qu'au Quebec, il met sur pied une entreprise previee en marge des ceuvres de l'Englise et refuse de se plier aux exigences d'une saine gestion, meme quand la situation est catastrophique.
Franc-Tireur had a circulation of some 370,000, rivalling L'Humanite, with a considerable working-class readership.
Georges Altman, a member of the PCF and journalist on L'Humanite in the 1920s, had organized the clandestine Franc-Tireur during the German occupation, and remained editor of the paper.
Un autre franc-tireur a ete attrappe sur la Place meme.
It fits the pattern of events, however, more closely than models tracing German behavior to policies applied in Africa of which the mass of the army was ignorant; to anti-Catholic sentiment in Protestant regiments or general hostility towards religion; or to unsupported front-line rumors of franc-tireurs, much less to wider negative features of German culture.