Firing-party

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Firing-party a detachment told off to fire over the grave of one buried with military honours, or to shoot one sentenced to death
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.

Usage

In literature:

Their numbers plainly indicated the firing party.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
During the time of the battle another party of Indians commenced a brisk fire on the fort.
"Great Indian Chief of the West" by Benjamin Drake
Through my glass I made them out to be a party of twenty-seven Navajos, sitting about a camp-fire eating their dinner.
"Captured by the Navajos" by Charles A. Curtis
They had still about a mile to ride when a party of French and Indians who were hiding in the woods near the roadside fired upon them.
"Stories of Later American History" by Wilbur F. Gordy
While I was speaking, a man in the crowd on my left fired a pistol, as if to intimidate me, and encourage the party favorable to insurrection.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Every member of the party had received injuries from the fire.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
Your men did not fire into our party, as we did into your boat.
"Stand By The Union" by Oliver Optic
Leaving their horses in charge of a small party, Charlie dismounted his men and joined Peters, and his fire quickly checked the assault.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
We fired from two to three hundred rounds daily and our carrying parties cussed us for firing so much.
"Into the Jaws of Death" by Jack O'Brien
After the first shot, the two parties whooped, and began to fire indiscriminately, and every shot was answered by a whoop.
"Continental Monthly , Vol I, Issue I, January 1862" by Various
They saw nothing of the party who had fired the two shots.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
Parties have come down from the hills overlooking us, and have fired several houses, that escaped when they last attacked us.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
First they punch a hole in my bath and then they fire on a sheriff's party.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
He is the sergeant in immediate command of the firing party.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
The party nearest us kept loading and firing their escopettes.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
The firing of the guns of Mustagan and his party plainly told them of danger, and also indicated the position of their friends.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Then they called to the rest of the party who were at the fire to hasten to them.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Nazinred silently obeyed, pointed his gun at the clouds, and fired; then the whole party awaited the result, listening intently.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
A firing party was also told off to bury him the next morning with military honours.
"Blue Lights" by R.M. Ballantyne
The family party which had been fired at, however, did not escape so well.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

Again, a gay party of youngsters I meet,
Dressed out in their best, two and two on the street;
'Tis a large penny wedding—the fiddler before
Plays gaily 'midst firing and merry uproar.
"Old Memories" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

TORONTO — Canada's prime minister said Thursday that he will not fire his party's agriculture minister who acknowledged making tasteless jokes last month about a bacteria outbreak linked to processed meats that killed 17 people.
Man fires six shots into backyard party on Friday night.
Tea Party Express looks to fire up conservative West Michigan voter base at Grand Rapids rally.
Madison Police and Fire will keep an eye on the Mifflin party from a special command center.
Under fire at the Labour party conference.
Protesters storm an office of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party and set fires in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria on Friday.
The city of Omaha has shut down plans for an all-night party after its venue failed to meet fire inspection requirements.
Ice chests filled with food and drink soon give way to fired-up grills in the Mardi Gras equivalent to the world's biggest tailgate party.
Less than a month after being criticized for bringing his 4-month-old daughter, Faith, to a Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion, Kelsey Grammer is under fire again for allegedly failing to put the tot in a car seat this week.
A college student killed by a stray bullet outside a West Philadelphia apartment building early Saturday was leaving a friend's birthday party when shots were fired from inside a car, police said Monday.
Fire house party — groundbreaking held for new station.
A birthday party ended with a bang Saturday morning after multiple gunshots were fired as people were leaving, according to police.
House party ends with shot fired.
SAN ANTONIO — A South Texas jury has deadlocked over whether an official fired after $16,000 in public funds went for a party misused the money.
How To Get Fired At Your Office Holiday Party.
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