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A member of a European military unit trained and armed to fight mounted or on foot.
tr.v. dra·gooned, dra·goon·ing, dra·goons
1. To subjugate or persecute by the imposition of troops.
2. To compel by violent measures or threats; coerce.
[French dragon, from Middle French dragon, mounted infantry soldier armed with a harquebus, from dragon, dragon (such infantry perhaps being so called because an early unit used a dragon as its standard, or because such infantry were thought to "breathe fire"), from Old French; see dragon.]
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1. (Military) (originally) a mounted infantryman armed with a carbine
2. (Animals) (sometimes capital) a domestic fancy pigeon
a. a type of cavalryman
b. (pl; cap when part of a name): the Royal Dragoons.
4. to coerce; force: he was dragooned into admitting it.
5. (Military) to persecute by military force
[C17: from French dragon (special use of dragon), soldier armed with a carbine, perhaps suggesting that a carbine, like a dragon, breathed forth fire]
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1. a member of a unit of cavalry, orig. mounted infantry armed with short muskets, of a type common in European armies from c1600 to World War I.v.t.
2. to persecute by armed force; oppress.
3. to force by oppressive measures.
[1615–25; < French, literally]
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Past participle: dragooned
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|Noun||1.||dragoon - a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen|
|Verb||1.||dragoon - compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone"|
|2.||dragoon - subjugate by imposing troops|
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verb force, drive, compel, bully, intimidate, railroad (informal), constrain, coerce, impel, strong-arm (informal), browbeat He had been dragooned into the excursion.
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A. N (Mil) → dragón m
B. VT to dragoon sb into (doing) sth → obligar or forzar a algn a (hacer) algo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
n (= cavalryman) → dragon m
vt (British) to dragoon sb into doing sth → forcer qn à faire qchdrag queen n → drag-queen f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (Mil) → Dragoner m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
1. n (Mil) (cavalryman) → dragone m
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