Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sharpshooter in the French service, sometimes making part of a corps of light troops and sometimes of a separate body of guerrillas. Francs-tireurs were first organized in 1792, and were prominent in the war of 1870.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a sharpshooter (in the French army).
- n. a sharpshooter (in the French army)
“As a civilian, the court found Fryatt guilty as a franc-tireur for his attempt to sink a German warship and he received a sentence of capital punishment.”
“Needless to say that these consequences are not intentional on our part, but cannot be avoided in this infamous franc-tireur war being led against us.”
“June 6 -- Belgian Legation at Washington gives out a statement answering the German White Book recently issued at Berlin making accusations against the Belgian civilian population; reply denounces allegations of franc-tireur warfare as false and unsupported; Belgian Government, instead of encouraging civilian resistance, warned the population against it.”
“The franc-tireur in charge of the wine-bin watches us complaisantly from his counter where he sits flanked by flasks of Hoboken chianti and a case of brittle cigars.”
“Both he and his French comrade were captured, and Bach was twice court-martialed by the Germans on suspicion of being an American franc-tireur -- the penalty for which is death!”
“Both he and his French comrade were captured, and Bach was twice court-martialed by the Germans on suspicion of being an American _franc-tireur_ -- the penalty for which is death!”
“It is the old familiar formula of the _franc-tireur_.”
“But there has come no challenge of facts -- we that have seen have given names, dates and places -- only a blanket denial and counter charges of _franc-tireur_ warfare, as carried on by babies in arms, white-haired grandmothers and sick women.”
“A footfall sounded on the dead leaves behind him, and a franc-tireur touched him on the shoulder.”
“Sure enough, around the bend in the road slunk a franc-tireur, loaded down with what appeared to be mail-sacks.”
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