from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An armed man pledged to be ready to fight on a minute's notice just before and during the Revolutionary War in the United States.
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- n. during the American War for Independence, a soldier who would fight for the Patriots at a minute's notice
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A militiaman who was to be ready to march at a moment's notice; -- a term used in the American Revolution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man ready at a minute's notice; specifically, during the American revolutionary period, one of a class of enrolled militiamen who held themselves in readiness for instant service in arms whenever summoned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an American militiaman prior to and during the American Revolution
- n. a strategic weapon system using a guided missile of intercontinental range; missiles are equipped with nuclear warheads and dispersed in hardened silos
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Or to put the point more piquantly, one person's minuteman is another person's mujahideen.
The American hero is the cowboy: He is Maverick, he is Han Solo, he is Batman though, when Batman is in trouble, he turns on the Jack Bauer signal, he is the rag-tag minuteman fighting the well-trained Lobsterbacks.
Mitchell (Sonny) English is a "minuteman" for the Illinois Department of Transportation, who considers his 9 p. m.-to-5 a.m. tour "the best shift going."
If people don't stand up to these 'minuteman', or as we in San Diego like to call them, MInutemen ...
The "minuteman" reference clearly has a militaristic ring, and it reflects Glenn Beck's casting of himself as a modern-day version of Thomas Paine.
One I remember very well is the C-5 that carried the first minuteman missile to be launched from the rear of the plane.
As timely as a minuteman showing up to Concord at the Old North Bridge.
This spellbinding historical fantasy, first of a series, takes Proctor Brown, ready minuteman and reluctant witch, through the opening battles of the American Revolution.
RAND PAUL DELIVERS MAIDEN SENATE SPEECH, COMPARES TEA PARTY TO ABOLITIONISTS - Despite the well-established fact that John Brown spent his years dressing up like a minuteman, proudly not voting for his senator and bringing his own collapsible lawn furniture to political rallies, Senator Rand Paul felt the need to reiterate his movement's similarity's to America's anti-slavery activists today.
Proctor Brown is a minuteman - and a witch, with power inherited from his mother.