firing squad


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firing squad

n.
1.
a. A method of execution in which a group of law enforcement officers or soldiers are designated to shoot a person condemned to death.
b. A group of people designated to shoot a person condemned to death.
2. A detachment of soldiers chosen to fire a salute at a military funeral.
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firing squad

n
(Military) a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting
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fir′ing squad`


n.
1. a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.
2. a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored.
[1900–05]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firing squad - a squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military executionfiring squad - a squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military execution
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
squad - a smallest army unit
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Translations
kivégzőosztag

firing squad

nplotone m d'esecuzione
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References in classic literature ?
They were shot with their backs to the firing squad.
The incident took place inside civil hospital, where gunmen opened fire at another firing squad, injuring four.
If he could have his way, Duterte said he wanted ropes to be used instead of buying bullets for the firing squad to execute criminals.
While she is open to the restoration of the death penalty in the country, neophyte Senator Imee Marcos strongly rejected proposals to do it either by firing squad or hanging.
Pacquiao and neophyte Senator Ronald Dela Rosa favored firing squad as mode of imposing the death penalty.
A REDCAR grandma on death row in Bali for drug smuggling says she is no longer scared of facing a firing squad and has given up her fight to avoid execution.
FOUR death row inmates in the same prison have requested death by firing squad instead of lethal injection or electrocution.
An Emirati woman executed by the firing squad in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of killing an American kindergarten teacher, Ibolya Ryan, in Boutik Mall on Al Reem Island.
had asked last week to be executed by a firing squad because his lawyer claimed that the lethal injection would cause him a lot of pain. Ledford Jr.
Hassan Hanafi Haji, a former journalist accused of belonging to Islamist extremist group al-Shabab and involvement in the killings of five Somali journalists, is tied to a wooden post as he is prepared to be executed by firing squad, at a police academy in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, yesterday.
TWO Australians executed for drug smuggling sang Amazing Grace as they faced a firing squad.