from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A detachment of soldiers, marines, or sailors detailed to fire over the grave of a person buried with military honors, or to execute any person sentenced to death by shooting.


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  • A firing-party of twenty-four men stood ready with levelled carbines.

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  • The commanding officer, who had his sword drawn, waved it through some cuts of the sword-exercise till he reached the downward stroke, whereat the firing-party discharged their volley.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • "No, sir," promptly replied the gunnery lieutenant in charge of the firing-party, who was standing close by the exploded gun.

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel

  • The firing-party paused, and lowered their rifles.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, September 5, 1891

  • At any rate, he had a firing-party of twenty in the bows, and was determined to shoot someone, if he spotted a periscope.

    Tell England A Study in a Generation

  • The firing-party unloaded, and the empty cartridge cases fell to the earth with a little tinkling sound.

    The Long Trick

  • A loud, sharp-cut order from the gaitered officer in command of the firing-party was followed by the clatter of rifle-bolts as the firing-party loaded and swung to the "Present!"

    The Long Trick

  • At Vrigne-aux-Bois one of these harmless buffoons, named Thierry, was accidentally killed by a wad that had been left in a musket of the firing-party.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • When the firing-party got to work their victims fell neatly backwards into their long grave.

    The Adventure of Living

  • It may be that I have seen to it that she was kept out of further mischief, but nevertheless she has never met a firing-party because of me.

    The Golden Scorpion


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