provost marshal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n provost marshal the supervisor of the military police
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Provost marshal (Mil) An officer appointed in every army, in the field, to secure the prisoners confined on charges of a general nature. He also performs such other duties pertaining to police and discipline as the regulations of the service or the commander's orders impose upon him.
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Usage

In literature:

The Provost-Marshal of the place was a Captain Hendrickson.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The Provost Marshal gave consent.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
I was provost-marshal of this expedition.
"Bamboo Tales" by Ira L. Reeves
The provost marshal, I am sorry to say, is conceited, opinionated, and wanting in common sense and discretion.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
The provost-marshal has a section of cavalry to run down Union prisoners who may escape.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
I receive the greater hurt from your beauty, not from the British provost-marshal!
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
I had Davis brought before me again, after my Provost Marshal had reported his inability to obtain anything of value from him.
"The Battle of Atlanta" by Grenville M. Dodge
Promptly the strangers were haled before the provost marshal, and promptly landed in jail.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
The medical department handled one aspect of the case and the provost marshal the other.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
I drew the Provost Marshal's attention to this matter, and he ordered a discontinuance of the practice.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
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In news:

The Provost Marshal’s Office Special Reaction Team on Aug 21 familiarized themselves with the newest addition to their arsenal at the pistol range aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
Provost marshal ordered to confiscate cattle, imprison owner.
MEXICO — Provost Marshal George Yeiser was ordered to confiscate half of the cattle owned by John West and imprison West indefinitely.
Provost marshal gets instructions for prisoners' fates.
MEXICO — Provost Marshal George Yeiser was ordered to send 31 prisoners to St Louis, parole five and punish several a bit more before releasing them.
Provost marshal's loyalty falls into question.
FULTON — The local provost marshal was of dubious loyalty and rumored to be taking bribes, Lt Col.
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