from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A military drill in marching, maneuvering, and formal handling of arms in which the participants perform at close intervals.
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- n. (military) military drill of troops in standard marching (shoulder-to-shoulder)
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The Reverend Hodges had us on the high school football field each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from four to six and every Saturday morning from seven until ten, practicing close-order drill and applying field dressings to one another until our Troop resembled nothing so much as a band of mummies with swatches of khaki showing through our bandages.