Heavy marching order

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heavy marching order the condition of troops fully equipped for field service
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hefighebban, to heave; Old High Ger. hebîg.

Usage

In literature:

Pretty soon I stood before him a proper Tommy Atkins in heavy marching order, feeling like an overloaded camel.
"Over The Top" by Arthur Guy Empey
That is the heavy marching order knapsack.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1178, June 25, 1898" by Various
They set out in the midst of a heavy drizzling mist; on, however, the lady went, in the lightest marching order.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Orders were given just after daybreak for a further retirement ... they marched back four or five kilos with heavy hearts.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
With a heavy heart Lord George gave the order to march back.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
We did the twenty mile march to Cassel in heavy marching order in good style and got into our new quarters at four in the afternoon.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
The troops were assembled in heavy marching order when the detective arrived.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
We marched forward as usual, with the heavy guns, the horse, the crossbow-men, and musketeers, in close order.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Light marching order would have been welcome after the heat and heavy burdens of the past few days.
"From School to Battle-field" by Charles King
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