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drumhead court-martial

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A summary trial held during military operations, without the usual level of protection for the rights of the accused.

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  • noun a military court convened to hear urgent charges of offenses committed in action

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[So called because it was sometimes held around a drumhead.]

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