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The OED defines it as ‘a man or woman who follows or hangs on to a camp or army, without being in military service.’ Camp followers are thus not necessarily prostitutes, but this citation form 1876 suggests they might be: Those unfortunates who are known under the euphemistic appellation of ‘camp followers’. However, as FumbleFingers has shown, the term ...


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Blackguard rating is not an official term; rather, Nightingale is describing her encounter with Barry as the most scurrilous scolding she had received in her life. Etymonline has blackguard, a somewhat dated term, originating 1530s, scullion, kitchen knave. Perhaps once an actual military or guard unit; more likely originally a mock-military reference ...


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I was in the military, but not Viet-Nam era. From my own judgment, I don't think it has anything to do with odometers. I think it's a dark humor reference. When sighting in an M-16, the sights are adjusted in clicks. Looking downrange at a calibrated 100 yard target, one click moves the projectile/impact one inch across the face of the target. ...


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The British military term is undoubtedly coup de main, usually though not universally italicised as a formerly foreign term. The Wikipedia article on the Battle of Arnhem (chosen pretty much at random from dozens of examples) has "a troop of Reconnaissance jeeps from the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron, under Major Frederick Gough on Leopard who would ...


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A rating is a “sharp scolding or rebuke.” A blackguard /ˈblæɡɚd/ is a scoundrel, especially one who uses foul language. (There's even a verb form of blackguard meaning “to ridicule or denounce with abusive language.”) A blackguard rating is therefore an extremely abusive and probably foul-mouthed scolding. Nightingale is saying that she has suffered many ...


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From The First Saint Omnibus: An Anthology of Saintly Adventures (1939), page 269: But the Duchess starts bimbling And wambling and wimbling And threatens to wallop his ducal behind; Such a lovely phrase.


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It depends on your perspective: RAINA (eagerly turning to him, as all her enthusiasm and her dream of glory rush back on her). Did you see the great cavalry charge? Oh, tell me about it. Describe it to me. MAN. You never saw a cavalry charge, did you? RAINA. How could I? MAN. Ah, perhaps not—of course. Well, it's a funny sight. It's like slinging a ...


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If your audience is historians or laymen modestly read in history, it need not be translated; the French phrase itself is in wide use in the literature, and is sufficiently Anglicized that it need not be italicized. Wikipedia suggests sucker punch, which is apt but emphatically colloquial—it will be read with quotes around it, whether or not you ...


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I believe that a/the military term is called "skylining." b. Bounding Element. Maneuver is inherently dangerous. Enemy weapons, unknown terrain, and other operational factors all increase the danger. When maneuvering, the platoon leader considers the following. (1) The bounding element must take full advantage of whatever cover and ...


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The expression currently has two clusters of meaning--literal and metaphorical. Your search has focussed on the literal meanings related to military encampments. In that sense, the term has been applied to both the families of the soldiers and commercial associates. The distinction between the two is not sharp: the widow of a fallen soldier far from home ...


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It's slang and has use not just in military. It refers to older style odometers which produced a just audible click when a kilometer or mile distance passed in a car. Nowadays, with silent odometers, it's more common to refer to k's but, if you're talking to someone about their far holiday trip, you might say "So how many klicks did you do?"


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The term arose from the use of forward observed non-line of sight artillery targeting and actually began with the United States Marine Corp during the interwar period between the Korean and Vietnam wars. The M19 mortar introduced at the time had dials for adjusting the azimuth and elevation. It produced a loud "click" sound when both dials where set to a ...


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I was very interested to read above that there's a strong Falklands link to this word. I lived in Stanley, FI (as a civilian) from 2003-2007. Since returning to the UK I've used the word without thinking about it. Twice recently I've had people ask me what it means/where it comes from. I was surprised, because I had thought it was universal, but on ...


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Squadron is capitalized when used to refer to a number unit. So, in both examples you give the 12th Squadron would be appropriate. If you are referring to squadrons generally (as I have in this sentence) the word is not capitalized. According to the Air Force Journalistic Style Guide squadron Capitalized when used with a number to designate a particular ...


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Your question is a bit confusing. What is the proper way to represent in popular press the status of a commissioned officer of the United States Marine Corps. who is not retired, has a continuing service commitment, but is no longer active for duty? This seems to indicate a person who still has a commitment to the Corps, but is not active duty. ...


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As in my question, the following dictionary definitions suggest that the term camp follower has devolved into a derogatory term synonymous with prostitution. Webster: a civilian (as a prostitute) who follows a military unit to attend or exploit military personnel Wiktionary offers a fence-sitting definition albeit one leaning towards the derogatory a ...


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In everyday parlance donner un coup de main à quelq'un, means 'to give someone a helping hand'. But as regards the military term coup de main there really is no equivalent English expression. The fact that the term is used so frequently in English testifies to the absence of an equivalent, a bit like it's near namesake coup d'etat At the start of the D-Day ...


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Hit and run may suit what you describe. It's generally used of drivers who have an accident and leave the scene quickly before they can be held accountable: hit-and-run denoting a person who causes accidental or wilful damage and escapes before being discovered, or damage caused in this way: he was struck by a hit-and-run driver [ODO] As ODO ...


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These "glyphs" are called kill markings. I couldn't find a good definition anywhere, but I did find numerous references on Google. The most source worthy is a captioned photo of a 1942 fighter plane. This post from an aviation forum discusses whether or not "kill markings" were seen on WWI fighter planes. In my research, I also found some reference to ...


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Like some others here, I'd use coup de main in English. I'll point out that my French is pretty bad, I know the term coup de main as an English-speaker, not as someone who is thinking in French. I would also say, corps, sortie, rendezvous, coup d'état, aide-de-camp, esprit de corps, matériel along with other words and terms about military matters used in ...


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Standard-Bearer: 1: one who bears a standard or banner 2: one that leads an organization, movement, or party It may be worth reviewing the given Standard-Bearer Wikipedia article, as it lists various more ancient to merely historical variations of the phrase or term.


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Bill S found a bimble as a noun in 1980 which the OED has verified: Snippett from "Roots of England", John Miller, Sid Waddell 1980 "Most said that getting their 'wets' [drinks] meant little involvement with the locals, but one Yorkshire seaman had weighed up the situation: 'When Jack [a sailor] gets a run ashore here, he's generally on the bimble ...


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Military grid reference system (MGRS) is metric, because it is used internationally within NATO. This may explain why US military use metric system for the distances on the ground. As for word itself, it is important for any military terms to be clearly distinguishable from the others on the radio. Kilometer can be easily confused with meter when radio is ...



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